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Title:Political exchange, clientelism and development in tropical Africa
Author:Lemarchand, RenéISNI
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Abstract:Suggests tentative guidelines for the generation of further theorizing on political development, to clarify the relation of political clientelism to current theories of development, and establish its relevance both as a tool of analysis and an indicator of development. The following aspects of clientelism are noted: 1) clientelism as an empirical referent for the testing of hypotheses about political development; 2) as an analytic structure on which to peg subconcepts; 3) as an intellectual focus for incorporating and organizing otherwise rather disparate theoretical elements. Rather different conclusions can be arrived at depending on how much emphasis is placed on any of them. This is demonstrated by examining what empirical evidence there is in support of a functional interpretation of the relationship between clientelism and development, and by exploring some of the ways in which clientelism as an analytic structure contributes to a middle-range theory of development, or its prolegomana. Ref.