Disorder in West Africa: Does Polycentric Order Make Sense?

Source: Isonomia Quarterly
by Oyebade Kunle Oyerinde

“It remains disconcerting that government — or control — designers persistently ignore that individuals in diverse human societies inherently possess self-governing capabilities by which they deal with their daily exigencies and learn from their mistakes in social orders that have spontaneously emerged from their interactions. At the same time, government designers often engender sociopolitical catastrophes by surreptitiously or deliberately forcing societies to appropriate government structures foreign to the values and interests of individuals in those societies …. It remains uncontentious that if government designers succeed in transplanting governance structures from some societies, they face the impossibility of transplanting the spirit — or the creativity, interests, and values — of the people behind the development of those mechanisms.” (02/12/24)