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Title:The state and the defence committees in the Ghanaian revolution, 1981-1984
Author:Konings, P.ISNI
Periodical:Les cahiers du CEDAF
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:political conditions
popular participation
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/4594
Abstract:In an attempt to overcome some of the shortcomings of the theory of the postcolonial state, this study analyses the relationship between the 'revolutionary' leadership in Ghana and the 'revolutionary' mass organizations established by the new regime, the Defence Committees. The contradictions between the leadership and the Defence Committees gave rise to serious conflicts, also within the leadership. One faction of the ruling petty bourgeoisie' attempted to 'commit suicide' and mobilize the Defence Committees for the ultimate establishment of a workers' hegemony within Ghanaian society. Its attempts were frustrated and finally obstructed by another faction that sought to control the Defence Committees for the sake of 'national development', and to preserve its hold over the state and its own class interests. Bibliogr., notes, ref.