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Title:'Wasta!': the long-term implications of education expansion and economic liberalisation on politics in Sudan
Author:Mann, Laura
Year:2014
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 1740-1720)
Volume:41
Issue:142
Pages:561-578
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:patronage
liberalism
higher education
State-society relationship
Islamic movements
social change
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2014.952276
Abstract:By tracking the changing nature of 'wasta', or personal intermediation, in the Khartoum labour market, this article examines the impact of Islamist policies on state-society relations in Khartoum, Sudan. It argues that economic liberalisation and higher education expansion weakened sectarian control over the economy, replacing the former institutionalised system of privilege with a much more decentralised, private and transnational structure. The conclusion asks whether these policies have laid the groundwork for long-term political transformation. While education expansion and liberalisation should theoretically allow a regime to broaden patronage networks, they may also reduce the capacity of both the regime and the private sector to exercise power and establish predictability outwards. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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