Journal Article


Niamh Gaynor



poverty conflict political science public administration local governance democratic republic of congo liberal peacebuilding structural violence

Poverty amid plenty: structural violence and local governance in western Congo (2015)

Abstract The protracted conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has drawn sharp criticism regarding the model of liberal peacebuilding employed in the country. Critics emphasise the importance of local ownership of peacebuilding mechanisms at sub-national as well as national levels. This raises questions in relation to the popular legitimacy and efficacy of local mechanisms. Drawing on field research conducted in the relatively affluent province of Bas-Congo in Western Congo, this article highlights a lack of popular legitimacy for provincial level political authority within the province stemming from an acute marginalisation of the population from local structures of power and wealth. The article also demonstrates the inefficacy of more local, village and neighbourhood-based political structures which, aimed at conflict mitigation rather than transformation, ignore the structural roots of local conflicts and do little to counteract the growing social distrust, conflict and disintegration within local communities.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Article
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Political science
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Humanities and Social Science: School of Law and Government
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Social Sciences: Public administration

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