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Title:Small-man politics and the rule of law: Centre-periphery relations in East-Central Botswana
Author:Werbner, Richard P.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Botswana
Abstract:It has come to be almost a matter of faith in certain studies of new African nations to regard political questions within the frame of a patronage model. How and why the rule of law is upheld during the periods of major change in government immediately before and after Independence remains a neglected question. Yet in a new nation citizens may also take political action through appeals to minister etc. and thus subject decisions by the local government to review and sometimes revision by the central government. This analysis, based on research in Tswapong villages in Botswana, examines the pragmatics of power relations - transactions and their course - along with the rules and procedures for regulating such relation. It illuminates a long-term policy of district or local government and its implications for change in small villages during a period of reorganisation of government in the Central District of Botswana and throughout the country. Notes; ref.