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Title:The Politics of Squalor and Dependency: Chronic Political Instability and Economic Collapse in the Comoro Islands
Author:Mukonoweshuro, Eliphas G.
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Comoros
Subjects:political stability
economic policy
Abstract:Few African States have experienced the specific 'mix' of abject poverty and seemingly permanent political crisis that has been the hallmark of Comorian existence since the achievement of independence in 1975. The Comoro Islands never had a viable economy, with the result that occasionally the Comorian State has had to 'auction' itself to the rival interests of several bidders, such as France, South Africa, the Gulf States, Mexico, Morocco and Gabon. This need to establish materially rewarding clientelist ties with external partners has given rise to a bizarre brand of politics, in the context of which it has proved to be virtually impossible to identify and distinguish sovereign Comorian 'national interests' from those of the patronizing States. This paper analyses the historical background of this 'politics of squalor', political developments in the Comoros since 1975, the economic dimension of the 'politics of squalor', and foreign involvement in the islands. Notes, ref.