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Exit Strategies and State Building$
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Richard Caplan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760114.001.0001

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(p.38) 3 Senegal
Exit Strategies and State Building

Tony Chafer

Oxford University Press

From the French point of view, France’s “exit” from Senegal was successful, as the transfer of power occurred smoothly and without any significant bloodshed. This apparent success was achieved despite the fact that there was no carefully elaborated French strategy for the transfer of power to African political leaders. This chapter analyses the specific set of historical circumstances that made such a peaceful transition possible. It argues that in order to understand this relatively smooth transition we need to take into account the continuing political commitment, on both the African and French sides, to the maintenance of the French presence in Senegal post-independence.

Keywords:   France, Senegal, decolonization, indigenous elites, political socialization, coopération

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