Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations?
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VERTIGANS, S. 2010. Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations? In Hoffmann, E.P. (ed.) Somalia: economic, political and social issues. New York: Nova Publishers [online], chapter 13, pages 211-213. Available from: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11233&osCsid=bbffacfc2321606f32923e1ead3ef93d
When examining the recent history of Somalia it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the post colonial approach and, in particular, the role of the nation-state has largely been a failure. The fundamentals associated with the state in the West, namely the monopoly of violence, universal security, the implementation of a comprehensive system of taxation and the formation of mutual interdependence and identification across the population are largely absent. Despite these failures, the state as a concept continues to be promoted as the solution to the massive problems facing Somalia.