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Centralization and Democratic Despotism

  • Sheldon Gellar

Abstract

The evolution of the postcolonial African states had many parallels with what happened in France during and after the French Revolution. While old rulers were replaced, centralization was intensified. The opposition was squashed and often accused of collaborating with foreign powers. Liberties proclaimed in constitutions affirming the rights of man were snuffed out or shunted aside.

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State Official Opposition Parti State Bureaucracy Local Government Unit Local Government Body 
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Chapter Four Centralization and Democratic Despotism

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