© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156921010X491263 African and Asian Studies 9 (2010) 55-82 brill.nl/aas A F R I C A N A N D A S I A N S T U D I E S Restructuring the Public Sphere for Social Order in the Niger Delta through Polycentric Planning: What Lessons for Africa? Dr. Samson Ranti Akinola Development Planner & Environmentalist, Department of Architecture, Covenant University 10 Idiroko Road, Canaan Land, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th e increasing deprivation, neglect and orchestrated politics of exclusion by the Nigerian-state against the people of the Niger Delta can be traced to the structurally-defective and centralized governance arrangements in the Niger Delta. Th e consequent stiﬀ resistance, violent reactions, militancy and hostage taking triggered by this politics of exclusion in the region have conﬁ rmed that people matter in politics. Th is paper argues that in some ways, the weakness of centralized and structurally-defective governance in the Niger Delta provides an opportunity for commu- nity self-governing institutions to play the role that governments and their agencies have aban- doned. Using the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, this paper engages in problem solving and solution seeking
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: Social Order; Niger Delta; Public Sphere; Polycentric Planning; Africa; Restructuring
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