Facing frontiers : everyday practice of state-building in South Sudan

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


This study investigates daily performance of power in a post-conflict society and argues that the overall process of state-building in South Sudan cannot be properly understood in separation from the ways in which state power is locally exercised. It specifically analyzes South Sudan’s political transformation from the vantage point of the everyday practice of state agents in the border area with DR Congo and Uganda. Competition between government agencies and confrontations with counterparts across international borders continuously shape how the South Sudanese state manifests itself. Also, state agents’ claim to authority is rarely only based on formal mandate but blended with negotiated claims originating in their personal trajectories. The research concludes that state-building in South Sudan started long before the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005. The roots of this process do not originate in the political centre Juba, but in the border area where the SPLM/A established control nearly a decade earlier.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van Dijk, Han, Promotor
  • Raeymaekers, T., Co-promotor, External person
Award date7 Nov 2012
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789461733955
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • state government
  • political power
  • state
  • government
  • politics
  • conflict
  • peacebuilding
  • political processes
  • independence
  • south sudan

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