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Nuancing the spheres of authority of chiefs: State perspectives on hybrid governance
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0725-9800
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2030-2965
2024 (English)In: Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, ISSN 0952-1895, E-ISSN 1468-0491, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 579-597Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we develop a framework for understanding the different spheres of authority of chiefs aiming to widen the perspectives on how government-chief interactions affect the governance process. The framework is applied in our analysis of interviews with government actors involved in area protection in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA). Our results illustrate the variety of approaches and perceptions towards governance with chiefs that exist amongst government actors within the same governance system. Although government actors perceive chiefs in the GLTFCA as a parallel system, chiefs can act as a rival, mediator, adviser, or partner to the government; thus, both enable or hamper government governance.  The informal governance arrangements found in the data between government actors and chiefs moreover underscores the importance of qualitative case studies of hybrid governance systems.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2024. Vol. 37, no 2, p. 579-597
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Business Administration
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-96983DOI: 10.1111/gove.12786ISI: 000972355600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85153333718OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-96983DiVA, id: diva2:1754308
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Swedish Research Council
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Validerad;2024;Nivå 2;2024-03-22 (joosat);

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Available from: 2023-05-03 Created: 2023-05-03 Last updated: 2024-04-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Shared Authority – More Capacity: Hybrid Governance of National Parks in Southern Africa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shared Authority – More Capacity: Hybrid Governance of National Parks in Southern Africa
2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Delad Auktoritet – Mer Kapacitet : Hybridstyrning av Nationalparker i Södra Afrika
Abstract [en]

A state's ability to establish and enforce collective rules is central to its ability to govern. How states can increase their capacity to achieve this in areas where local actors – such as traditional authorities in Africa –are central structures is therefore occupying both researchers and practitioners. I contribute to this growing body of literature by focusing on the de facto interactions between state- and traditional authorities. Based on extensive fieldwork, I study how hybrid governance arrangements with traditional authorities influence the state's capacity to govern through the perceptions and experiences of park- and traditional authorities and local inhabitants in National Park governance in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area. The findings align with previous scholarships, showing that states can increase their capacity by sharing authority with traditional authorities. I show that park authorities actively interact with traditional authorities to increase their capacity to establish and enforce conservation rules. Negotiations and informal practices harmonize rules, mitigate conflicts, and combine formal and customary enforcement systems, thus strengthening the state system. The thesis underlines that to understand the capacity of the modern African state, we need to include the informal governance practices with local actors in our analyses.

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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2024
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105065 (URN)978-91-8048-528-9 (ISBN)978-91-8048-529-6 (ISBN)
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2024-06-07, A109, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, 10:00 (English)
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