Title
Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, north-western Uganda Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, north-western Uganda
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Africa / International African Institute [London]; Institut international africain [Londres] - London, 1928, currens
Volume/pages
80(2010) :4 , p. 573-594
ISSN
0001-9720
1750-0184
ISI
000286172500003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article describes how cross-border trade in West Nile, north-western Uganda to a large extent takes place outside of the legal framework. This does not mean that this trade is unregulated. We make use of the concept of 'practical norms' to show the existence of regulation within this trade, which diverges both from official norms and social norms ('moral economy'). The article describes how these practical norms emerged and how they are enforced. First, it is shown how the moral economy of cross-border trade plays an important role in their articulation. Second, we ask which practical concerns play a role in sustaining these norms and how deviations from them activate open power struggles. And third, we show how concrete events have played a role in their emergence.
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