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The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State
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Zaire, apparently strong and stable under Presdident Mobutu in the early 1970s, was bankrupt and discredited by the end of that decade, beset by hyperinflation and mass corruption, the populace forced into abject poverty. Why and how, in a new african state strategically located in Central Africa and rich in mineral resources, did this happen? How did the Zairian state become a “parasitic predator” upon its own people?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Illustrations and Figures
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acronyms
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. 1. The State in Zaire: An Introductory Perspective
  2. pp. 3-46
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  1. 2. Zaire in the Mobutu Years: An Overview, 1965–1980
  2. pp. 47-77
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  1. 3. The State and Civil Society: Capital, Town, and Countryside
  2. pp. 78-99
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  1. 4. The Dynamics of Inequality: Class Formation
  2. pp. 100-137
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  1. 5. The Ethnic Dimension of Civil Society
  2. pp. 138-163
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  1. 6. The Patrimonial State and Personal Rule
  2. pp. 164-184
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  1. 7. In Pursuit of Legitimacy: Party and Ideology
  2. pp. 185-220
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  1. 8. Regional Administration
  2. pp. 221-247
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  1. 9. The Seventh Scourge: The Security Forces
  2. pp. 248-275
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  1. 10. Economic Policy during the Mobutu Years
  2. pp. 276-325
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  1. 11. Zairianization and Radicalization: Anatomy of a Disaster
  2. pp. 326-362
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  1. 12. Zaire in the International Arena
  2. pp. 363-395
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  1. 13. Conclusion: Crisis of the Zairian State
  2. pp. 396-406
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 409-468
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 469-500
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