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REAL GOVERNANCE AND PRACTICAL NORMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

THE GAME OF THE RULES

EDITED BY TOM DE HERDT, JEAN-PIERRE OLIVIER DE SARDAN [1]

Routledge – 2015 – 268 pages

SERIES: Routledge Studies in African Politics and International
Relations

Although international development discourse considers the state as a
crucial development actor, there remains a significant discrepancy
between the official norms of the state and public services and the
actual practices of political elites and civil servants.

This text interrogates the variety of ways in which state policies and
legal norms have been translated into the set of practical norms which
make up real governance in sub-Saharan Africa. It argues that the
concept of practical norms is an appropriate tool for an ethnographic
investigation of public bureaucracies, interactions between civil
servants and users, and the daily functioning of the state in Africa. It
demonstrates that practical norms are usually different from official
norms, complementing, bypassing and even contradicting them. In
addition, it explores the positive and negative effects of different
aspects of this ‘real governance’.

This text will be of key interest to academics, students and researchers
in the fields of development, political science, anthropology and
development studies, African studies, international comparative studies,
implementation studies, and public policy.

1 Introduction: the game of the rules _Tom De Herdt & Jean-Pierre
Olivier de Sardan_

PART I A NEW CONCEPT?

2 Informal regulations of public bureaucracies in Africa and beyond:
practical norms as an exploratory concept _Jean-Pierre Olivier de
Sardan_

3 Traditionalist Africanist culturalism: Analysis of a scientific
ideology and a plea for an empirically grounded concept of culture
_Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan_

4 Hybrid orders and practical norms: a Weberian view _Tom De Herdt_

PART II REAL GOVERNANCE IN PRACTICE

5Juggling with the norms. Everyday practice in an emergency service in
Niger _Eric Hahonou_

6 The King is not a kinsman; Multiple accountabilities in the
postcolonial State in Africa _Giorgio Blundo_

7 Ethnography of everyday ethics in a South African Medical Ward
_Frédéric Le Marcis and Julien Grard_

8 Local prison governance with global human rights – the merging of
professional and practical norms in Ugandan prisons _Tomas Max Martin_

9 The evolution of practical norms through bricolage: ‘good’ local water
governance in Zimbabwe _Frances Cleaver_

10 Evident but elusive: practical norms in the gold sector in
South-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo _Sara Geenen_

11 Beyond Corruption. The everyday life of a court of the peace in the
Democratic Republic of Congo _Benjamin Rubbers and Emilie Gallez_

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