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The rise and fall of the bureaucratic bourgeoisie: Public sector employees and economic privilege in postcolonial Kenya and Tanzania

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In 1961, Frantz Fanon scathingly characterised the emerging African elite as a bourgeoisie of the civil service. Many have since described Africa's public sector employees as a rentier class that grew disproportionately large in relation to the continent's underdeveloped private sector. Is this characterisation still accurate? Using educational data and household budget surveys from Kenya and Tanzania, this article situates public sector employees within their respective educational hierarchi...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1002/jid.3470

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Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9840-4729
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of International Development Journal website
Volume:
32
Issue:
5
Pages:
607-635
Publication date:
2020-04-28
Acceptance date:
2020-03-05
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EISSN:
1099-1328
ISSN:
0954-1748
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1099933
Local pid:
pubs:1099933
Deposit date:
2020-04-13

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