The Developmental State at Work: Agricultural Monitors Becoming Political Entrepreneurs

  • Philip Verwimp


This chapter present the results of field work in seven communes in Gitarama. It is shown that horizontal and vertical social relations, as represented in associations and other forms of social capital, had a different effect during the genocide depending on their strengths and weaknesses before the genocide. In fact, local leaders who managed to capture such associations before the genocide used them as vehicles of government policy during the genocide whereas autonomous associations could not be instrumentalized. In one commune, studied in detail in this chapter, I show how the communal agronomist and the communal surveyors first become political and later genocidal entrepreneurs.


Political entrepreneurs Social capital Political parties Genocide 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Verwimp
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  1. 1.Solvay Brussels School of Economics and ManagementUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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