FEDERALISM, NATIONAL PLURALISM AND ETHNO-RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA: A Normative Interrogation of the Peace-Promoting and Integrative Function of Federalism in Nigeria

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dc.contributor.advisor Rothfuss, Rainer (Prof. Dr.)
dc.contributor.author Joseph, Yakubu
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-18T07:33:55Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-18T07:33:55Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-18
dc.identifier.other 423622749 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10900/58489
dc.identifier.uri http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-584896 de_DE
dc.description.abstract Federalism has been widely acclaimed as a form of political organisation that is most suitable for plurinational states because of its potential to foster unity in diversity and peaceful co-existence among the diverse and territorially concentrated groups in a state. By having the ability to accommodate the combination of shared rule and self-rule among federating units, federalism has the potential to mediate or overcome the centrifugal forces tending to pull a state apart. As a result of this binding effect, federalism functions as a centripetal force that is able to keep a state together. This highly-praised potential function of federalism appealed to many states that have embraced the federal formula, especially erstwhile colonial African states, which contain within their boundaries culturally diverse and disparate ethno-religious groups partitioned into one political territory by the “colonial masters” without regard to geographical contiguity and the historical backgrounds of the groups. Thus, federalism was considered a viable and necessary option for state-building. The preoccupation of this study was to understand why Nigeria, one of the African states that embraced federalism, has remained deeply divided and prone to ethno-religious conflicts, despite having a federal system in place. Taking a normative approach, this mixed methods case study, driven by a qualitative priority, sought to understand that puzzle by interrogating how the prevailing political culture of federalism among the population harnessed or hindered the peace-promoting and integrative function of federalism in the country. The findings suggest that there was a dearth of peace-enabling federative culture in Nigeria. This conclusion highlights the disjuncture between the designed aspiration of federalism and its outcome, and the challenge of post-colonial state-building in Africa. Hence, it is argued that for Nigeria to overcome this challenge, its people have to understand, accept and internalize the values and principles of federalism. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
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dc.subject.classification Föderalismus , Nigeria de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 550 de_DE
dc.subject.other national pluralism en
dc.subject.other ethno-religious conflicts en
dc.subject.other peace en
dc.title FEDERALISM, NATIONAL PLURALISM AND ETHNO-RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA: A Normative Interrogation of the Peace-Promoting and Integrative Function of Federalism in Nigeria en
dc.type PhDThesis de_DE
dcterms.dateAccepted 2014-12-15
utue.publikation.fachbereich Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 7 Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät de_DE


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