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Africa's new territorial politics: regionalism and the open economy in Côte d'Ivoire

Boone, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0001-5324-7814 (2007) Africa's new territorial politics: regionalism and the open economy in Côte d'Ivoire. African Studies Review, 50 (1). pp. 59-81. ISSN 0002-0206

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Identification Number: 10.1353/arw.2005.0093


This paper considers implications of the neoliberal shift for forms of national integration that were achieved during the era of state-led development. These national integration strategies (1960s–1980s) helped define and manage regional competition within the juridical boundaries of the territorial state. In today’s “open economy” settings, old strategies of national integration are difficult to sustain. What has emerged is a new territorial politics, which revolves around attempts to consolidate power within subunits of the state and reorder relations among them, to enforce political control within communities, and to reorder rural property rights. Côte d’Ivoire provides a case in point.

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Additional Information: © 2007 African Studies Association
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 11:21
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 04:21

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