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Right-sizing the StateThe Politics of Moving Borders$
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Brendan O'Leary, Ian S. Lustick, and Thomas Callaghy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244901.001.0001

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From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? the Case of the Congo/Zaïre

From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? the Case of the Congo/Zaïre

(p.102) 4 From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? the Case of the Congo/Zaïre
Right-sizing the State

Thomas M. Callaghy (Contributor Webpage)

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Thomas Callaghy applies Lustick's theory of institutionalization and deinstitutionalization to Zaïre under the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, and the subsequent conflict under Laurent Kabila. He argues that that failing state was subject to reshaping efforts by the opposition for over fifteen years, and that these efforts resulted in a strong ‘war of position’ and a weaker ‘war of manoeuvre’. The author shows how the struggle between opposition and the regime was affected by the systemic processes of state failure and dramatic changes in regional and international dynamics in the post‐Cold War context in Central Africa.

Keywords:   Thomas Callaghy, Central Africa, Laurent Kabila, Lustick, Mobutu, opposition, post‐Cold War, Zaïre

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