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Local Politics in AfghanistanA Century of Intervention in the Social Order$
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Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327928.001.0001

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The Consistency of Patronage

The Consistency of Patronage

Networks and Powerbrokers of the ‘Arzbegi Clan’ in Kunduz

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Local Politics in Afghanistan

Andreas Wilde

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the Afghan state, despite the centralisation efforts of the government, largely rested on bonds of patronage and clientele networks until at least the 1950s. This means that Afghan statehood was shaped by social practices that have historically developed and which have always played a crucial role in local politics. The chapter presents a case study from Kunduz province involving the Arzbegi clan. It shows how a family has been able to control political power in one locality for nearly one century, positioning itself as an intermediary between the capital in Kabul and the local level.

Keywords:   Afghan state, patronage, local politics, political power

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