Structural Stability: meaning, scope and use in an African context
This article inquires into the potential meaning of a technical term originally used in natural sciences and introduced by the OECD DAC and the European Commission into the rhetoric of development co-operation in the face of growing violent conflicts in Africa. The need to clarify the scope of the leitmotif leads to a balanced interpretation of slightly differing official definitions. This exercise shows that there are political, economic, ecological and social ingredients of Structural Stability - (with clear emphasis on political goals) - that, in the end, all serve the capacity of individuals, groups and institutions to manage change without resorting to violent conflict. What matters most here is the assumption that all these elements (7) are explicitly interlinked and mutually reinforcing. The article confronts this new leitmotif with prior reflections on a complex "peace system" in the framework of the "civilisational hexagon" (Senghaas). It gives indications how the concept could be turned operational and addresses a number of open questions (state-centrism, priorities and sequencing, etc.).
To our knowledge, this item is not available for
download. To find whether it is available, there are three
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
Volume (Year): 37 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Phone: +49 (0)40 42825-593
Fax: +49 (0)40 42825-547
Web page: http://www.africa-spectrum.org
More information through EDIRC
|Order Information:|| Web: http://www.giga-hamburg.de/afrika-spectrum Email: |
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gig:afjour:v:37:y:2002:i:1:p:5-23. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Andreas Mehler)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.