In the Shadow of Good Governance: An Ethnography of Civil Service Reform in Africa

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Abstract

In the Shadow of Good Governance traces the implementation of the good governance agenda in Malawi from the loan documents signed by the representatives of the government and the Bretton Woods institutions to the individual experiences of civil servants who responded in unforeseen ways to the reform measures. Ethnographic evidence gathered in government offices, neighbourhoods and the private homes of civil servants living in Malawi’s urban and peri-urban areas undermines the common perception of a disconnect between state institutions and society in Africa. Instead, the book presents a comprehensive analysis of civil servants’ attempts to negotiate the effects of civil service reform and economic crisis at the turn of the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Number of pages165
ISBN (Electronic)9789047444121
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-17982-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameAfrika-Studiecentrum Series
PublisherBrill
Volume16

Keywords

  • African Studies
  • anthropology of law
  • development anthropology

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