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How can sub-national governments strengthen state-citizen relations in fragile contexts? Insights and implications for policy

4 November 2016

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In many fragile states, a key driver of insecurity and instability is the deterioration of state-society relations, through which citizens legitimise the state in exchange for its provision of basic services and protection. Conventional state building strategies and instruments have proven inadequate to the challenge of strengthening state-society relations as a means of transitioning from fragility to more cohesive and resilient political orders. Evidence exists that sub-national actors can perform a substantive and practical role in building inclusive dialogue and collaboration between state institutions and the public, and providing concrete conflict mitigation and dispute settlement mechanisms that prevent or reduce the resort to violence.

Peace, security and resiliencePeacebuilding