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Title:The Postcolonial State and Its Tanzanian Version
Author:Von Freyhold, Michaela
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:political elite
centre and periphery
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056247708703312
Abstract:The author makes a distinction between the ruling class and the governing class, the former having always been the metropolitan bourgeoisie, while the latter has developed from the colonial administration to the post-colonial State with a sophisticated array of instruments to control society, including the development of a form of state monopoly capitalism. An analysis of the Tanzanian state illustrates this argument. The rise to power of the new governing class, the nizers (Africanizers) is examined to show that the various 'progressive' measures undertaken by the State (nationalisation, 'socialist' villages) have been methods adopted by the governing class to extend its control. What ever the anticapitalist nature of the ideology, and the well-meaning activities of individual socialist intellectuals, this process has only served to strengthen the domination of the ruling class - the international bourgeoisie. Bibl. note.