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Government policy/state/Africa/postcolonialism/Mbembe/Herb: "Indirect private government" (2016(1), 126-169): another narrative in the crisis history of postcolonial Africa
MbembeVsTradition/MbembeVsPolitical Science: The political science talk of the failing state misjudges the dynamics of African conditions. (...) the separation of public and private spheres in the post-colony, which is so fundamental for western democracies, is undermined several times.
»Gouvernement privé indirect«: that would ruin both good government and the common good. Mbembe holds the precarious situation of African states in world trade primarily responsible for this development: the exclusion of Africa from the regular world markets on the one hand, and integration into the cycles of the international parallel economy on the other. Such forms of obedience and rule, which are not based solely on arbitrariness and brute force, Mbembe, following Jean-François Bayart, calls "politics of the belly". Such a policy, which exerts control over people people through the allocation of goods and profits, becomes obsolete with the financial crisis of the African states (...).
The increasing privatization of public authority and its abuse for private purposes, as is characteristic of the "gouvernement privé indirect", is leading to ruinous consequences in the state and civil society: to a shadow economy in which state institutions such as the police, army, customs and tax authorities struggle for informal influence, and to the dismantling of post-colonial citizenship. >Citizens/Mbembe.

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1. Achille Mbembe, De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine, Paris 2000. Dt.: Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie. Zur politischen Vorstellungskraft im Afrika der Gegenwart, Wien/Berlin 2016

Karlfriedrich Herb, „Achille Mbembe, Postkolonie (2000)“. In: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Mbembe, Achille
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