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 Lecture "Can the African neopatrimonial state be developmental?"

  • 日時:9月21日(金) 13:30 - 15:30
  • 場所:IFRA/BIEA Conference room
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On the occasion of the visit of Prof. Daniel Bach, Emile Durkheim Centre for Comparative Political Science and Sociology, University of Bordeaux
IFRA is organizing the following conference/ book launch:
Friday 21st September 2012 – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
at IFRA/BIEA conference room

Can the African neopatrimonial state be developmental?
Lecture by Prof. Daniel Bach
Moderator: Dominique Connan

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There is a striking contrast between the broad dissemination of the neo-Weberian concept of neopatrimonial rule across Africa and the more parsimonious mobilisation of this notion outside the continent. It is argued that the increasing assimilation of the African neopatrimonial state to integral and predatory forms of politics has contributed to turn it into a global prototype of the 'anti-developmental' state. This trajectory deserves to be contrasted with those observed in Latin America, South-East Asia, Russia and Central Asia. There, patrimonialism and neopatrimonialism have been associated with a greater axiological neutrality than in Africa due, inter alia, to the preservation of an analytical dichotomy between regulated and predatory forms of neopatrimonialism. Neglected for all too long, the study of regulated forms of neopatrimonialism in Africa calls for fresh empirical and theoretical attention. The African state can be, under certain circumstances, both neopatrimonial and developmental.

Prof. Daniel Bach is a Director of research of the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) at the Emile Durkheim Centre – for Comparative Political Science and Sociology, University of Bordeaux. He has published on Nigerian federalism, the foreign policies of Nigeria and South Africa, regional organisations and regionalisation processes in Africa, as well as on relations between France, the European Union, China, India and Africa.
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