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Title: The securitization processes and West African security : regime-led neo-patrimonial threats?
Author: Ezeokafor, Edwin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5353 249X
Awarding Body: University of Dundee
Current Institution: University of Dundee
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores the interface between the processes of securitizing threats in West African states and their neo-patrimonial statehood. It analyses the securitization processes among the West African elites which arise from their political culture of patronage politics. The securitization-neo-patrimonialism nexus should be understood to encompass every instance of threat perception and construction of same as existential threat to security and economic interests of securitizing actors at national government, sub-regional and extra-African levels. This research builds on the classical literature of securitization and neo-patrimonialism, as well as subsequent works which focused on various elements of these concepts. Methodologically, this work utilises a case study approach, semi-structured interviews, and documentary analysis and builds on an extensive journey through the region. It examines in detail the two cases of Liberia and Sierra Leone in order to explain the securitization-neo-patrimonialism dynamics of West Africa. The thesis has made vital contributions to the literature in two major areas. The thesis argues that: a) there is absence of an institutionalised and securitization framework in the West African states; b) what is defined as a security threat is a function of the narrow threat perception of the neo-patrimonial states’ leaders at national, sub-regional and transnational levels. Thus, theoretically, the thesis introduces a new securitization-neo-patrimonialism framework for West Africa’s security analysis, a framework based on a synthesis of the concepts of securitization and neo-patrimonialism. Empirically and analytically, the thesis suggests the three-level analytical approach for the analysis of West African security.
Supervisor: Kaunert, Christian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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