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Decolonization as Disintegration

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Decolonization in Francophone Africa today entails a double disengagement: 1) state disengagement from the classic colonial power (i.e. France) and 2) societal disengagement from the inheritor of the colonial apparatus (i.e. the sovereign African state). Under these conditions, decolonization, otherwise welcomed as a positive development for the African polity, is accompanied by negative consequences for the people so affected. The principal drawback is the disintegration of key sectors of the state apparatus and the consequent wholesale withdrawal of significant elements of the population from state-sponsored activities. This thesis is advanced in the context of Chad, which has been undergoing a painful transition from mono-militaristic to multi-party competitive politics.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Political Science, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, U.S.A.


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