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Author Dill, Brian Jeffrey, 1968-

Title Fixing the African state : recognition, politics, and community-based development in Tanzania / Brian Dill
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 198 pages) : illustrations
Series Africa connects
Africa connects.
Contents "Developing" Dar es Salaam -- Life on the ground -- Recognizing community -- Rendering political -- Fixing the African state
Summary "Fixing the African State" explains why the predominant approach to international development produces outcomes that are incompatible with its underlying assumptions and intended objectives. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research undertaken in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania over the past decade, Brian J. Dill examines the relationship between community participation in the development process and the exercise of state power. Although the primary objective of community-based and -driven development is to shift the balance of power from the state to the benefit of non-state actors, "Fixing the African State" shows that, in fact, what is strengthened is both the image of a coherent, efficacious, and autonomous state, and the capacity of the state apparatus to exercise authority
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Community development -- Political aspects -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Community development -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Community development, Urban -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Community organization -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Ethnology -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012039524
ISBN 1137281413 (electronic bk.)
9781137281418 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)