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The Politics of Reform: A Case Study of Bureaucracy at the Ministry of Basic Education in Cameroon

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This chapter first deals with reform processes in African bureaucracies taking place in an internationalized context. It next examines the dynamics generated by the implementation of a specific reform, the competency-based approach (CBA) within the Cameroonian educational system. The chapter provides an example of the political economy of reforms in countries of the global South. It also aims to capture the dynamics of change within a specific administrative segment as well as document each segment's capacity to reshape and redefine the programme itself through logics of change and resistance. The chapter talks about bureaucratic state power and, more specifically, about the way in which international reform implementation processes contribute to strengthening such bureaucratic power, or, to put it more precisely, the power and status of particular actors in the bureaucracy.

Keywords: bureaucracy; Cameroonian educational system; competency-based approach (CBA); political economy



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