Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 12 April 2024

warrant chief 

A Dictionary of African Politics

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

A *traditional leader established by colonial warrant. Under systems of *indirect rule, *colonial regimes co-opted pre-existing authority structures in order to maintain political control. Where such structures did not exist, for example because communities did not feature centralized political authority, colonial governments often granted potential collaborators ‘warrants’ to act as local representatives of the colonial regime among their people. In some cases, this included using coercion and state resources to empower colonial appointees and marginalize potential rivals. Such intervention was often required because ... ...

Access to the complete content on Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.