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Democratic Party of Guinea, 821
Variables and Codes for 1950-1962
11-- Involvement Variables

Membership Requirements


Purposive Incentives


Membership Participation




Material Incentives



11.01 membership requirements
3 for 1950-62, AC9
The requirements for membership in the PDG are payment of dues fixed by the party and the holding of a membership card.
11.02 membership participation
5 for 1950-56, AC5
5 for 1957-62, AC9
There are a large number of party militants who are constantly working for the party, and there are also a large number of people who conscientiously attend party meetings and perform specific activities on behalf of the party. It appears that during the first two years after independence the number of militants was as great as the number of "participants". However, the nationalistic zeal began to ebb after 1960, although the number of militants was still large.
11.03 material incentives
0 for 1950-56, AC3
1 for 1957-62, AC3
Before independence, membership in the PDG carried no promise of financial gain. After independence, it appeared that government positions were given to party workers who did not obtain elected offices, but it is not clear that this employment was the main motivational force for many of the militants. Our consultant, however, reports that few people get decent jobs without party cards.
11.04 purposive incentives
4 for 1950-56, AC5
3 for 1957-62, AC5
Most of the militants seemed motivated by nationalistic zeal with greater African overtones. This incentive was reduced in importance during the second party of our period.
11.05 doctrinism
For 1950-56, AC1
3 for 1957-62, AC9
The party doctrine is embodied in the writings of Sekou Toure. These extensive writings were a blueprint for all party activity and the PDG was expected to operationalize the doctrines of Toure.
11.06 personalism
0 for 1950-62, AC3
The information in the file ascribes a more or less rational basis to Toure's leadership, which suggests that whatever charismatic leadership he exercised over the Guinean people in general did not serve to motivate party militants in particular.