In Afghanistan, relationship-based networks permeate formal governance institutions, the economy, and everyday life, regulating how resources are distributed. This paper argues that since 2001, modes of external intervention in Afghanistan have failed to understand these “rules of the game.” This paper sets out a new understanding of the power relations that govern engagement in politics and the economy.
Political and Economic Life in Afghanistan: Networks of Access
Ashley Jackson is a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute, an independent think tank in London, and a doctoral candidate in the War Studies Department, King’s College London. She has been engaged in aid work in and policy work on Afghanistan since 2009, including research conducted as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. Email: <email@example.com>.
Giulia Minoia is an independent researcher and consultant currently focused on the interaction between research and programming in economic development. From 2013 to 2016, while based in Afghanistan, she conducted research on market governance and coordinated the country team of a multi-country research program led by the Overseas Development Institute: the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Ashley Jackson, Giulia Minoia; Political and Economic Life in Afghanistan: Networks of Access. Asian Survey 1 December 2018; 58 (6): 1090–1110. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.6.1090
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