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date: 27 February 2024

divide and rule 

Source:
A Dictionary of African Politics
Author(s):

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

A political strategy to gain or retain power by cultivating disunity among potential opponents, often by co-opting some individuals and groups while excluding others. Although in principle divide and rule politics may refer to the manipulation of a range of different identities, including class, in the African context the phrase is typically used when referring to the management of ... ...

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