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Local perceptions of state and law

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  • K Law (General)
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Microsoft Word - Noelle-Karimi coversheet.doc Christine Noelle-Karimi Local perceptions of state and law Conference Item [paper] Original citation: Originally presented at State reconstruction and international engagement in Afghanistan, 30 May - 1 June 2003, London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Bonn. This version available at: Available in LSE Research Online: June 2010 © 2003 Christine Noelle-Karimi LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright © and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL ( of the LSE Research Online website. Dr. Christine Noelle-Karimi Local perceptions of state and law State Reconstruction and International Engagement in Afghanistan Center for Development Research, Bonn May 30-June 1, 2003 Please do not quote without the author’s permission. The Loya Jirga elections held on the district and provincial levels in May/June of 2002 offered a first taste to the Afghan population of what political participation may feel like. In the following, I will take a brief look on how the political processes were perceived locally in the region around Mazar-i Sharif, where I worked as an international monitor during this period. My paper is less concerned with evaluating the conceptual and organizational shortcomings, that is, the part the international implementing agencies played in the elections. Rather, I would like to focus on the political circumstances and the social framework that shaped local a

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