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Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873$
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Larry W. Yarak

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221562.001.0001

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The Development of Asante Administration of Dutch and Elmina Affairs, II: Coastal Residents and Court Officials, 1817–1873

The Development of Asante Administration of Dutch and Elmina Affairs, II: Coastal Residents and Court Officials, 1817–1873

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(p.207) 5 The Development of Asante Administration of Dutch and Elmina Affairs, II: Coastal Residents and Court Officials, 1817–1873
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Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873
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LARRY W. YARAK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221562.003.0006

This chapter continues the examination of Asante administrative development, starting with the period of the Elmina residency, and following the changes in administrative practice which may be discerned after the residency was abolished in about 1836. The three remaining stages include stage IV between 1817–c.1836, stage V between 1837–69 and stage VI between 1869–73. It concludes with a general critique of Wilks' model of the ‘bureaucratic process’ in Asante on the basis of the available documentary evidence. In general, the documentary evidence regarding the development of Asante administration of Dutch and Elmina affairs during 1744–1873 does not support Wilks' characterization of the Asante ‘bureaucratic process’ as a formal one. Specifically, the innovations in executive government implemented by Asantehene Osei Kwadwo — the so-called ‘Kwadwoan revolution’ — seem not to have had, either as purpose or impact, the creation of a ‘new type of official’ dedicated to service to an abstract conception of the Asante state or the impartial application of abstract rules of behaviour, attributes necessarily associated with formal bureaucracy.

Keywords:   Asante administration, Dutch affairs, Elmina affairs, coastal residents, court officials, Elmina residency, Wilks' model, bureaucracy

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