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Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda

(2010) AFRICA. 80(4). p.573-594
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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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SENEGAL, GANG, ORGANIZATION, STATE, INFORMAL SECTOR, PUBLIC AUTHORITY

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Titeca, Kristof, and Tom De Herdt. 2010. “Regulation, Cross-border Trade and Practical Norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda.” Africa 80 (4): 573–594.
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Titeca, Kristof, & De Herdt, T. (2010). Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda. AFRICA, 80(4), 573–594.
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Titeca K, De Herdt T. Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda. AFRICA. 2010;80(4):573–94.
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Titeca, Kristof, and Tom De Herdt. “Regulation, Cross-border Trade and Practical Norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda.” AFRICA 80.4 (2010): 573–594. Print.
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  author       = {Titeca, Kristof and De Herdt, Tom},
  issn         = {0001-9720},
  journal      = {AFRICA},
  keywords     = {SENEGAL,GANG,ORGANIZATION,STATE,INFORMAL SECTOR,PUBLIC AUTHORITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {573--594},
  title        = {Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, North-Western Uganda},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E000197201000077X},
  volume       = {80},
  year         = {2010},
}

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