The politics of informality: a case study of informal networks, power, and authority in Liberia's artisanal mining sector.

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Economic development, innovation, technological change and growth
    • Other economics and business
    • Anthropology
    • Citizenship, immigration and political inequality
    • International and comparative politics
    • Multilevel governance
    • National politics
    • Political behaviour
    • Political organisations and institutions
    • Political theory and methodology
    • Public administration
    • Other political science
post-conflict artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) political structures informal networks
Project description

The proposed research project will focus on the artisanal and small-scale extraction of gold and diamonds in Liberia, and use this as a lense to study informal networks and power structures in post-conflict African countries. Utilizing ethnographic research methods, it seeks to contribute to the debate on governance conditions in weak and post-conflict states, with an emphasis on resource-rich contexts.