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Title:Law and socialist rural development
Author:Williams, David
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:rural society
Abstract:The paper 'Socialism and Rural Development' which was issued by President Nyerere in September 1967, implicitly rejected the use of legal mechanism to assist in the implementation of its policies. The use of law as an instrument of coercion was ruled out by the approach of persuasion not force. The 1967 paper also rejected the use of a legal model of any type which might assist the development of ujamaa villages. However, the experience since 1967 has obviously led to a reassessment of the role of state power and law in relation to rural development. In July, 1973, the Government passed the Rural Lands (Planning and Utilization) Act, 1973, in which a clear acceptance of the desirability of legislation in ensuring active implementation of Party and Government policy is obvious. What ought law to be seeking to achieve in the context of rural development? Two theories if jurisprudence are discussed in the article: the sociological school of jurisprudence and the Marxist analysis of state and law. Finally some concluding comments. Notes.