Sedimentation, Fragmentation and Normative Double-Binds in (West) African Public Services

  title={Sedimentation, Fragmentation and Normative Double-Binds in (West) African Public Services},
  author={T. Bierschenk},
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 an international research programme carried out by a team of African, French and German researchers in four countries of West Africa, which are occasionally supplemented by evidence from other parts of the continent. The chapter concentrates on a few selected findings of the research project and argues that, by… Expand
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