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Title:Political Factionalism in Senegal
Author:Barker, Jonathan S.ISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Senegal
Subject:party structure
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483544
Abstract:The purpose of this essay is to draw together some ideas about political factions in Senegal derived from other writers and from the author's own research as they relate to one critical aspect of Senegalese politics: central-local relations. Major contention is that an understanding of factionalism will lead towards bridging in the case of Senegal the 'macro-micro' and the 'elite-mass' gaps which plague many descriptions and analyses of politics, especially in developing countries. The author begins by presenting in summary form an analytical construct of the pyramid of factions in Senegalese politics. Then follows a discussion of the nature of authority in the factional system based on observations in an arrondissement of the Sine-Saloum region and an account of the pattern of local factionalism in the same region. Finally, some questions are raised about the tendencies for change in the pattern of factional politics, The analysis refers to the mid-1960s, although it may throw some light on more recent events such as the malaise paysan of 1969-70. Ref., French summary.