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The Responsibility to Protect: A Defense. By Alex Bellamy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

The Responsibility to Protect: A Defense. By Alex Bellamy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Global Governance 23 (2017), 523–524 BOOK REVIEW The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War, and the Business of Power. By Alex De Waal. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2015. Alex De Waal has long been a careful and nuanced commentator on the pol- itics in the Horn of Africa. In this book, De Waal develops a framework for analyzing politics in the Horn (applicable elsewhere) in which politics is business. The political marketplace is “a system of governance in which pol- itics is conducted as the exchange of political services or loyalty for payment or license” (p. 16). On this view, the decisions of political leaders are made based solely on business calculations regarding what price ought to be paid in exchange for loyalty or support. In determining whether to undertake rebel- lion against the central government, for example, or put down (though not let go of) one’s arms, a would-be rebel leader simply determines what a fair price is to be paid by one’s patron (or, should the price be too low, adver- sary). Ideology or grievance may motivate some soldiers, but they are not the logic that governs conflict and compromise. The book contains three http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Responsibility to Protect: A Defense. By Alex Bellamy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1942-6720
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Global Governance 23 (2017), 523–524 BOOK REVIEW The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War, and the Business of Power. By Alex De Waal. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2015. Alex De Waal has long been a careful and nuanced commentator on the pol- itics in the Horn of Africa. In this book, De Waal develops a framework for analyzing politics in the Horn (applicable elsewhere) in which politics is business. The political marketplace is “a system of governance in which pol- itics is conducted as the exchange of political services or loyalty for payment or license” (p. 16). On this view, the decisions of political leaders are made based solely on business calculations regarding what price ought to be paid in exchange for loyalty or support. In determining whether to undertake rebel- lion against the central government, for example, or put down (though not let go of) one’s arms, a would-be rebel leader simply determines what a fair price is to be paid by one’s patron (or, should the price be too low, adver- sary). Ideology or grievance may motivate some soldiers, but they are not the logic that governs conflict and compromise. The book contains three

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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