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DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AS ARENAS OF NEGOTIATION FOR STRATEGIC GROUPS: A case study from Bénin
Observation des enjeux, contradictions et des negociations autour d'un projet de promotion de l'elevage dans l'Atakora (Nord Benin), expressions de strategies sociales, economiques, politiques plusExpand
Democratization without Development: Benin 1989–2009
In contrast to a widely held view that sees Benin’s democratic transition in 1989 primarily as the fall-out of global tendencies, this paper focuses specifically on the internal causes of thisExpand
Benin
Under Benin's neo-patrimonial multi-party democracy, political continuity and social peace have been achieved at the cost of political immobilism. Major reform projects have advanced very slowly atExpand
States at Work in West Africa: Sedimentation, Fragmentation and Normative Double-Binds
The often low productivity of African public services is not the expression of a single and uniform logic, but the result of numerous cumulated micro-differences. Like all social phenomena, AfricanExpand
The Everyday Functioning of an African Public Service: Informalization, Privatization and Corruption in Benin’s Legal System
Abstract On the basis of ethnographic research this paper examines the everyday functioning of the legal system and the common professional practices of its actors in the Republic of Benin. TheExpand
Sedimentation, Fragmentation and Normative Double-Binds in (West) African Public Services
This chapter makes the case for the anthropological or ethnographic study of statehood, which is severely lacking in the case of Africa. In concrete terms, it summarizes the findings of anExpand
Transitions Between Cultivation and Pastoralism in Sub-Saharan Africa [and Comments and Reply]
This paper presents a dynamic optimality model of herding and farming as long-term survival strategies. The model can be used to predict which modes of subsistence will be associated with differentExpand
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