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On Tuesday April 19 we have to present our group presentations for extra credit on two policy briefs from the website The presentation should be 5 minutes long and include case backgr...
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Date Created: 04/17/16
April 12, 2016  Indirect Rule: Colonialism and Post­independent Africa   ● Sierra Leone and humanitarian crisis:   ○ 1990s­ Revolutionary United Front used child soldiers to kill own parents   ■ 1999­ “Operation No Living Thing” in Freetown where people were killed  and raped   ○ Question, was this unique? Has there been more humanitarian crisis in Africa?   ● Explaining the cause of Africa’s humanitarian crisis:   ○ Robert D. Kaplan et a return to an older, primordial form of tribalism with  modern weapons   ○ NOT TRUE!­ tribals are organized, few tribal chiefs have​yrannize their  fellowsrelatively egalitarian when compared to state­level counterparts   ● Another Explanation:   ○ Colonialism and violence against indigenous populations  ■ Leopold’s Belgian Congo   ■ Coerced labor and economic extraction   ■ Inhumane control or slaughter of local communities   ○ Didn’t explain why African states are so weak   ● Characters of brutal and weak st​failed states)   ○ Failed to establish auth​oluntary compliance with the state’s wishes based  on broad belief in government’s legitimacy   ○ Used “despotic power” instead of “infrastructural power” to penetrate    ● Fukuyama’s explanationindirect rule   ○ Yes, colonialism has effect but more on indirect rule  ○ Indirect rule: no direct presence of colonial government instead local   ○ Term from Lord Frederick Lugards’ experience in Northern Nigeria and Hong  Kong   ■ Effort to expose European law and institutions o​as rica w counterproductive instead better governed by local customs   ■ Less European control, instead hierarchy with local chiefs   ■ Had bureaucracy and centralized, not as hard due to long history of islam   ○ Lugard’ use of customary laws in Northern Nigeria   ○ Why “every African belonged to a tribe” didn’t work well in other parts?   ■ Tribal identities overla​o single central chief   ■ Multiple sources of identities   ● Mahmood Mamdani’s critique of indirect rule:   ○ Decentralized despotism   ○ Tax collection by coerc​aise revenue and forced labor for European  agriculture   ○ Converting customary land tenure into modern property right   ■ Create “big man”   ■ Tribal chief = European feudal lord   ● Modification of the effect of indirect rule:   ○ The colonial authorities were able to impose their wishes in ce​hile age, w Africans resisted it   ○ Compared to New World, Africa did not get as influenced by European institution   ● Colonialism (French way)   ○ Direct Rule   ■ Belief in Roman law   ● Direct rule didn’t make a difference because LIMITED RESOURCES and knowledge  given   ○ Local communities as agents of French states without traditions legitimacy   ○ No direct path for Africans to be French citizen; failure in recruitment and  development of good governance       April 14, 2016  Tribe or Nation? Nation Building and Public Goods in Kenya and Tanzania   ● It is easierbuild nation­state when you have a homogenous society   ○ Ex: Japan   ● Why ethnicity matters?   ○ Peruvian microcredgroups have higher loan default rates when members are  from different cultural background   ■ Microcredit­ loan for people in developing nations to help with building a  business, no collateral   ○ US municipalities wi​igher levels of diversity raise less funding for public  schools   ○ Rural Kenyan communities wit​reater ethnolinguistic diversity have  considerably less primary school funding, horse school facilities and maintenance  of water wells   ● Why ethnic diversity is bad for collective action?   ○ Taste expectations:   ■ Individuals from different ethnic g​refer distinct type of public goods  and leads to less consensus on what to fund   ■ Individual​refer to fund things that help own group   ■ Fail to explain how to improve this   ○ Social sanctions in sustaining collective action   ■ If society has social sanctions to prevent the disorganization of funding   ■ Social sanctions​ublic policies that promote interaction, the sharing of  information and coordinating  across groups may decrease inefficiencies  due to diversity   a. Sharing information helps understand other groups   ■ Power­sharing across groups within government  a. Some countries give veto to minorities or delegate number of  seats in legislature   b. This fails to solve crucial ethnic conflic​may collapse)   ■ Within group policing or elite coordination  ■ Doesn’t explain how coordination was created in first place   ● Nation building and political socialization:   ○ Through mass media and education system,​olitical leadership can implant  citizens with “desirable” politicalncluding a strong attachment to nation  over ethnic or regional identities   ○ Imagined communities:using things ​reate national identity   ■ Mass media has huge influence  ■ Urban USA survey vs rural USA survey shows that urban feel more  “American”   ○ Possible explanation for tastes   ○ Investment in social capi​ow much you trust each other  ● Kenya vs Tanzania:   ○ They sharesimilar geography, history and ethnic diversity but have different  nation­building policies   ■ Provide a good natural experiment   ■ Looked at Kenyan town of Busia and Tanzanian town of Meatu   ○ Similar ethnic compositimajor ethnic (75­80% of whole minority is about 25%)   ■ Very common and dangerous population make up   ○ Similainterethnic relations/conflict in pre­colonial times   ○ Swahili not main language and none of dominant groups involved in national  politics   ■ Local groups don’t get political resource because not in national politics   ○ Community members lead funding of public goods   ■ Community have to do it, not government   ○ Identical response in survey on political and citizenship issues   ● Differences:   ○ National Language policy:   ■ Tanzania’s swahilization of governme​ake universal use of Kiswahili   ■ Kenya has english, Swahili and others   ○ Public School Curriculum:   ■ Tanzania: political education is key   a. Starts early so covers most of the population   ■ Kenya: official geography, history and civics not until after 5th grade   a. Big percentage of the population has dropped out before learning  this information   ○ Local government institutions:   ■ Tanzania: village/district council is key to local organizations   ■ Kenya: colonial style, depend on tribe chiefs   ○ Leadership:   ■ Tanzania: Nyerere (first president) f​gainst tribalism and building a  national identity   ■ Kenya: Kenyatta and Moi were both tribal leaders, contributed to ethnic  militia   ○ Regional distribution of central government resources:   ■ Tanzania: equitable regional distribution of publicn education,  health and infrastructure since 60s   ■ Kenya: d​istribution HEAVILY favored Kikuyu   ● Research design:   ○ Compare and examine h​ow ethnic diversity affects Busia’s and Meatu’s school  funding, school infrastructure quality and well maintenance   ■ Well maintance connected to school funding   ○ Take into account control varia​such as income level and religion)   ● Results:   ○ Quantitative:   ■ Busia­ ethnic diversity and local provision of public goods have  NEGATIVE relation   ■ Meatu­ ethnic diversity and local provision of public goods have NO  SIGNIFICANT relation   a. Actually have positive relation between desk per pupil and public  fund   ○ What does it tell us?   ■ Not ethnic that causes problems but government failure   a. If they make effort to build national identity, ethnic division is NOT  BAD   ○ Qualitative: Interview   ■ Busia­ ethnic rivalry over school ownership a key challenge of school  fund­raising   a. No classroom built, classes took place under tree   b. Sanctions not working welln ethnic diverse areas   ■ Meatu­ ethnic divisions were MINIMAL in study district   a. “This is Tanzania, we do not have that sort of problems”   b. Ethnic “us vs them” is illegitimate   ● Questions:   ○ When is nation building a politically possible task? When is it not?   ■ Leadership is very important, Kenya more affected by colonial system by  Britain so chiefs are more important   ■ Relations between politics, social elites and ethnic diversity   ○ What’s the catch?   ■ Local culture and customs get wiped out, conflict can break out in result,  brutal nation­building leads to conflict                                          


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