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“We must run while others walk”: African Civil Servants, State Ideologies and Bureaucratic Practices in Tanzania, from the 1950s to the 1970s

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This chapter attempts to shed some light on the crucial importance of higher civil servants in the making of independent Tanzania. It looks at the larger political context, the strong amalgamation of (party) politics and administration, the attitudes of higher civil servants towards general aspects of society, economy and politics, and more specifically, at their ideas about work. The work of civil servants in early independent Tanzania was very much defined as 'work for the nation', and this definition went along with ideas of discipline, a strong connection between political issues and administrative duties, and the idea of having little time to fulfil the goals that had been set. The development of an arguably specific Tanzanian policy making strategy has been the subject of a large number of studies. The Africanisation of the civil service went along with the amalgamation of government, administration and party.

Keywords: African civil servants; economy; politics; Tanzania



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