Title
God and Caesar in the Democratic Republic of Congo : negotiating church-state relations through the management of school fees in Kinshasa's catholic schools God and Caesar in the Democratic Republic of Congo : negotiating church-state relations through the management of school fees in Kinshasa's catholic schools
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
London :Carfax ,
Subject
Politics
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
Review of African political economy. - London, 1974, currens
Volume/pages
40(2013) :135 , p. 116-131
ISSN
0305-6244
1740-1720
ISI
000315487400008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article argues that state (re)construction and functioning involves negotiated governance between both state and non-state actors, in which power relations between local actors are not just implicitly present or co-influencing policies but are of uttermost importance to the formation of policy and state. One of the main nonstate actors in African service delivery is the church. State and church are two major poles of power which determine through negotiation large domains of service delivery, such as education. We discuss a major attempt by the Catholic Church to reform the school-fee system in Kinshasa (DRC). The attempt largely failed, but its analysis reveals the political capabilities of different actors involved. The arrangements of state and non-state actors largely evolve in a roundabout way, not at all along the lines of an explicit negotiation process, and are very much determined by local-level governance instead of higher-level policies.
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