Negotiating CSO Legitimacy in Tanzanian Civic Space
Kontinen, T., & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2023). Negotiating CSO Legitimacy in Tanzanian Civic Space. In K. Biekart, T. Kontinen, & M. Millstein (Eds.), Civil Society Responses to Changing Civic Spaces (pp. 121-144). Palgrave Macmillan. EADI Global Development Series. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-23305-0_6
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DisciplineKansainvälinen kehitystutkimusResurssiviisausyhteisöInternational Development StudiesSchool of Resource Wisdom
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This chapter argues that civil society organizations (CSOs) engage in continuous legitimacy negotiations that both shape and are shaped by civic space. It focuses on President John Magufuli’s term in Tanzania, which was labelled as an authoritarian turn characterized by shrinking civic space. The chapter employs broad definitions: of civic space as an arena for action by formal CSOs as well as groups and individuals; of legitimacy as a continuous negotiation of appropriateness; and of democracy as a dynamic form of governance with different manifestations. Drawing on interviews with both professional urban NGOs and rural self-help groups, the chapter investigates restrictions experienced by CSOs, analyses the central themes negotiation over CSO legitimacy, and reflects on these vis-á-vis the evolution of democracy in Tanzania over time.
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Funding program(s)Research costs of Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Academy Research Fellow, AoF
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