Morocco Between Decentralization and Recentralization: Encountering the State in the ‘Useless Morocco’

  • Anja Hoffmann
Part of the Governance and Limited Statehood Series book series (GLS)


‘Decentralization in Morocco? If that is your topic the answer is easy, we don’t have any decentralization in Morocco.’1 Many of the interviews I conducted during my fieldwork in Luant2 pointed in this or a similar direction. Yet, decentralization is a concept intensively discussed in the Moroccan context. It is framed as a formula to overcome development inequalities between urban centers and rural areas, as a method to increase the participation of all parts of the population, and thus as a feature of the so-called ‘democratic transition’ and, finally, as a way to absorb secession efforts.3


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