Why South Sudan's problems stem from the abuse of sovereignty: The case for co-governance

Samuel Makinda
2017 Australasian Review of African Studies  
The continuing political crisis in South Sudan has been explained almost exclusively in terms of internal power dynamics. This article goes beyond the domestic focus and examines the manner in which the imbroglio has exposed weaknesses in South Sudan's sovereign statehood. It argues that it was the failure to uphold empirical and popular sovereignty that, in part, precipitated the problem. Therefore, it suggests that a resolution ought to involve a re-examination of the relationship between
more » ... ionship between popular, empirical and juridical sovereignty. This article posits that a renegotiation of South Sudan's sovereignty, involving co-governance, would deliver good governance, strengthen economic management, facilitate state-building, and enhance regional security.
doi:10.22160/22035184/aras-2017-38-1/8-28 fatcat:7m4eeqxttvfdhe3rew73a6kbhm