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The social origins of Ivoirian exceptionalism: rural society and state formation

Boone, Catherine (1995) The social origins of Ivoirian exceptionalism: rural society and state formation. Comparative Politics, 27 (4). pp. 445-464. ISSN 0010-4159

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Abstract

Ivory Coast is anomalous. In contrast to the bureaucratic regulation of rural society in much of Africa, it has adopted relatively "hands-off" strategies of exploitation and governance. The explanation of this anomaly lies in the socioeconomic structure of peasant society. The article offers a structuralist critique of statist and neopluralist models of state-society relations. By arguing for the social determinants of state structures, it contradicts the view that African states are simply artifacts of colonialism with no organic links to society.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/jcp/
Additional Information: © 1995 The City University of New York
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > International Development
Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 13:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/53427/

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