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The Delivery State in Africa. Interface Bureaucrats, Professional Cultures and the Bureaucratic Mode of Governance

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This chapter draws comparative and theoretical conclusions from the empirical studies on state apparatuses and the public service professions in West Africa. It elaborates certain conceptualizations. Some of these concern the nature of the object itself: the Delivery state, the Local state, and Interface bureaucracies are all central to the topic of research in question. Other conceptualizations relate to the practices of state actors: they include the professional cultures and the practical norms on which these practices are largely based. Finally, the chapter addresses issues of an institutional and structural nature; one shall be looking at the bureaucratic mode of governance and at configurations of delivery, especially palliative delivery, in which this particular mode of governance is implicated alongside other modes of governance. The delivery of collective goods and services is a specific state function, which is performed regardless of the regime and the kind of power it wields.

Keywords: Africa; bureaucratic mode of governance; conceptualizations; professional cultures



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