Creating structures and favorable conditions that lead to the construction of a functional state requires active participation, comprehensive commitment, and effective institutions, among others. A functional state fosters in the people such qualities as initiatives and inventiveness and steadies improvement in their overall condition. Sustained constitutional structures and behavioral norms which guide the actions of decision-makers and political representation and all its attributes are necessary to strengthen the functional state. The functional state seeks to eliminate systematic denial of entitlements to resources and services, remove impediments to participate on equal terms in social, economic, political and cultural arenas, and create an enabling environment for transformation.
The 52nd annual conference of the Liberian Studies Association (LSA) will focus on an array of questions and issues through multidisciplinary presentations that will strive to construct a road map for the creation of the functional Liberian state.