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Title:Trends in African Field Administration
Author:Kotze, D.A.
Year:1983
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:2
Issue:2
Period:April
Pages:353-364
Language:English
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:colonization
colonial administration
colonialism
History and Exploration
Abstract:This study shows that field administration' (geographically deconcentrated offices of central government) in former British African colonies passed through five different phases. Each of these is distinguished by changes in the relationship of field administration to local government, and consequently by varying patterns of delagation and devolution. This article analyses the five phases which roughly coincide with the following periods: pre-colonial, colonial, World War II and its aftermath, the decade after independence and the current period. First the author describes three models of field administration and looks at shifts in emphasis in the function of field administration. Fig., notes.
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