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Preface vii 1. Introduction: Local Politics and Development Assistance 1 2. Rulers and Ruled: A History of Political Repression 15 3. Development versus Politics: NGGs' Room for Maneuver in Yatenga 35 4. Four Villages 51 5. Institutional Contradictions: Customary Authority and Village Councils 71 6. Village Politics and Natural Resource Management 115 7. Conclusion: The Impasse of Rural Democratization in Burkina Faso 141 Bibliography 155 Index 167Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Rural development Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso Rural conditions