Political Leadership in Africa: Post-Independence Generational Conflict in Upper Volta, Senegal, Niger, Dahomey, and the Central African Republic

Political Leadership in Africa: Post-Independence Generational Conflict in Upper Volta, Senegal, Niger, Dahomey, and the Central African Republic

Political Leadership in Africa: Post-Independence Generational Conflict in Upper Volta, Senegal, Niger, Dahomey, and the Central African Republic

Political Leadership in Africa: Post-Independence Generational Conflict in Upper Volta, Senegal, Niger, Dahomey, and the Central African Republic

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Political leadership in most independent African states is still in the hands of a generation of "elder statesmen" -- men who carried the fight against colonialism, who founded the principal political parties, and who developed nationalist ideologies and doctrines. These are men whose backgrounds, political styles, and ideological commitments often seem more appropriate to the winning of independence than to its consolidation or to the establishment of a legitimized political order. Theirs is also the generation of many middle- level administrative cadres, formed by and under the colonial system, whose members profited by their privileged status to move into positions of authority as the colonial powers disengaged themselves from their dependencies.

At the same time a new generation of leaders -- usually a group of men who have become politically important since independence -- is concerned with the attainment of political goals much different from those that constituted the horizons of the older generation: instead of independence, the elimination of the foreign presence, and greater measures of political freedom and participation, the newer goals are more directly relevant to the post-independence situation -- various kinds of economic development, the establishment . . .

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