Item description for Contentious Politics, Local Governance and the Self: A Tanzanian Case Study, Research Report 129 (NAI Research Reports) (Pt. 129) by Tim Kelsall...
The Governance Agenda is the framework that currently organizes the West's relations with Africa. The present work is an attempt to see Governance through the lens of a contemporary, local history. The report analyzes three periods of contentious politics at local level in Tanzania and two multi-party elections. It provides a window on mismanagement in local government, it examines the intervention by national and local elites in district conflicts, and it points to the difficulties ordinary people face in holding their leaders to account.
The argument of the report is that current approaches to the study of Governance overlook an essential ingredient for its potential success: namely, the sociological conditions in which forms of collective action conducive to improved political accountability become possible at a grassroots level. The analysis aims to show that economic diversification and multiple livelihoods have given rise to a reticular social structure in which individuals find it difficult to combine to hold their leaders to account. People have fragmented identities formed in networks of social relations, which impedes the emergence of strong collective identities appropriate to effective social movements.
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Studio: Nordic Africa Institute
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Publisher Nordic Africa Institute
ISBN 9171065334 ISBN13 9789171065339
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More About Tim Kelsall
Tim Kelsall works as an Associate of the Africa, Politics and Power Programme and as a Visiting Fellow at the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center based in Phnom Penh. In the past he has taught Politics at the universities of Oxford and Newcastle and has been an editor of the journal African Affairs.
Tim Kelsall was born in 1970 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, Berkeley.