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The mediation of autocratic regimes: how local officials shaped authoritarian systems in Rwanda and Sudan

Desrosiers, Marie Eve and Mahé, Anne Laure (2024) The mediation of autocratic regimes: how local officials shaped authoritarian systems in Rwanda and Sudan. African Studies Review. ISSN 0002-0206

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Identification Number: 10.1017/asr.2023.100

Abstract

Local state officials impact authoritarian systems through the mediation they perform. Desrosiers and Mahé argue that these local functionaries fulfill a number of mediating functions, including translating and representing authoritarian systems at the local level. By enacting these two roles, however, local officials do not straightforwardly reproduce the system. Instead, their interpretations and choices fundamentally influence the imprint authoritarianism has on society, from how the regime is experienced at the local level to its groundings and resilience. They demonstrate this argument by looking at pre-genocide Rwanda and Sudan under President Omar al-Bashir.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/african-st...
Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s)
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2024 13:21
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 00:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/121409

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