The Politics of Democratisation in Rural Mozambique: Grassroots Governance in Mecufi

The Politics of Democratisation in Rural Mozambique: Grassroots Governance in Mecufi

by Graham Harrison
     
 
Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa live and work in rural areas, points out Harrison (politics, U. of Sheffield), but most studies of democracy focus on urban politics, where the hotels are nicer and air conditioned, and therefore minority politics. Taking a specific historical and local example, he applies four critical themes for assessing democracy and

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Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa live and work in rural areas, points out Harrison (politics, U. of Sheffield), but most studies of democracy focus on urban politics, where the hotels are nicer and air conditioned, and therefore minority politics. Taking a specific historical and local example, he applies four critical themes for assessing democracy and politics more broadly in rural areas. They are that its involvement in market expansion has profound effects on the legitimacy of the state, in order to be present in a village, the state must be embedded within local social structures and relations, lineage politics weighs heavily in political change, and elections provide a stage for concentrating and discussing the issues generated by the previous themes. The text is double spaced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773476523
Publisher:
Mellen, Edwin Press, The
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
African Studies
Pages:
236

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