• Development, Politics, and the Centralization of State Power in Lesotho, 1960-75

    Author(s):
    John Aerni-Flessner (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Africa, History, Decolonization, Nationalism, Southern Africa
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    African Politics, History of Development, Independence, Lesotho, African history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65Q4RK5K
    Abstract:
    The rhetoric of development served as a language for Sotho politicians from 1960–70 to debate the meanings of political participation. The relative paucity of aid in this period gave outsized importance to small projects run in rural villages, and stood in stark contrast to the period from the mid-1970s onwards when aid became an ‘anti-politics machine’ that worked to undermine national sovereignty. Examination of the democratic period in Lesotho from 1966–70 helps explain the process by which newly independent states gave up some of their recently won sovereignty, and how a turn to authoritarianism helped contribute to this process.
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