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Title:Tanzania's Retreat from Statism in the Countryside
Author:Holmquist, Frank W.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:4th Quarter
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:popular participation
local councils
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4186187
Abstract:By the end of the 1970s the Tanzanian state was faced with both a long-term economic crisis as well as a crisis of political legitimacy. It responded, amongst others, by attempting, in a sense, to give government back to the people by reviving district councils and cooperatives (Local Government Act and Cooperatives Act, 1982) which were abolished in the 1970s. Both institutions will expand the arena of peasant political space and these institutional changes can be seen as a significant reversal of a 15 year (1967-1982) trend toward statist policy in the countryside, portions of which have proved to be unpopular and unproductive. The term 'statism' is used to connote state policy that puts an expanding array of economic activity under central government control while diminishing avenues of popular participation. The present paper describes the institutional changes, explaining and assessing their significance in the light of Tanzania's recent history. Notes.