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Title:Universities and Political Protest in Africa: The Case of Cote d'Ivoire
Author:Daddieh, Cyril K.
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1166616
Abstract:Since the early 1980s, university students and faculty in Côte d'Ivoire have been politically active for a number of reasons, both personal, corporate and altruistic. Briefly stated, student political activism in Abidjan represents in part a struggle to assert the tradition of corporate autonomy of the university in the face of State interference in internal university affairs. In the absence of autonomous associations in civil society capable of raising and debating issues of national importance, the university students and teachers have drawn attention to themselves by challenging the State as they have. An account of Ivoirian student and teacher political activism in the late 1980s and early 1990s indicates that students have been politically relevant in terms of the frequency of student activism and the ability to interact with constituencies outside the ivory towers, the issues they raise which increasingly call into question State competence and legitimacy, the nature of their intervention in politics, the nature of government responses to student demands and protests, qualities inherent in student groups which make them very difficult to repress or control on a sustained basis, their varying impacts upon the government and the political system, and their contributions to the restoration of political liberties and political pluralism. Note, ref.