Rule of Law i Mozambique: Rule of Law in Mozambique

Signe Eberhard Trykker, Johannes Schjelde, Niklas Størup Agerup & Ea Maj Dobel

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The thesis proposes that the concept of neopatrimonialism is suitable when describing the Mozambican state and that the tensions between opposing forms of legitimacy is an important factor, that helps explain the difficult and slow process of consolidating Rule of Law in the country. With a critical realist perspective a historical analysis is undertaken. It shows the path dependencies of the relationship between the changing state authorities and the traditional rural authorities since pre-colonial times and provides an understanding of today’s legal pluralism and neopatrimonial mechanism. Furthermore, an analysis of Danida’s newest strategy for the justice sector explores the underlying Weberian legal-rational framework and the neoliberal, good governance paradigm, which underpins Danida’s approach. On this background, the evaluations of the progress in the sector from the perspective of the government of Mozambique, Danida and independent observers are analyzed to get an understanding of the specific problems perceived in the work. Together these three analyses paint a picture of a very complex field of study, but allows us to conclude, that in spite of the uncertainties, it seems a plausible assertion that the neopatrimonial state is indeed hindering and slowing down the consolidation of Rule of Law in Mozambique.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2010


  • Danida
  • Mozambique
  • Mamdani
  • Kritisk realisme
  • Weber
  • Rule of Law
  • Neopatrimonialisme