Africa in World Politics: Reforming Political Order / Edition 4

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In this fully revised edition top scholars in African politics address the effects that major currents in Africa and world politics have upon each other and explore the ramifications of this interconnection for contemporary theories of international and comparative politics.

The fourth edition focuses on issues of reforming and strengthening states and their economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The nation-state as we know it is a legacy of European rule in Africa, and the primacy of the nation-state remains a bedrock of most contemporary theories of international relations. Yet in the fifth decade of Africa’s independence, this colonial inheritance has been challenged as never before by state weakness, internal and inter-state conflict, and internal and external demands for economic and political reform, with potentially far-reaching implications. Including new readings on the AIDS crisis in Africa and the regional war on terrorism, this text remains an invaluable resource for students of African and world politics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book will serve as the starting point for those seeking a comprehensive and topical guide to the most critical developments on the continent. The contributions are up-to-date, extensively researched, and written by pre-eminent scholars. This edition has been carefully updated and covers emerging themes such as the AIDS crisis, the impact of the war on terrorism, and China’s markedly increased role on the continent. It will be welcomed by students of African international relations and politics."
—Terrence Lyons, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

"The fourth edition of Africa in World Politics: Reforming Political Order is the latest iteration of a highly successful book that has chronicled major issues on the continent. This volume features a notable set of scholars and practitioners who examine some of the most important issues facing Africa, including democratization, globalization, AIDs, and terrorism. The authors draw attention to the recent good news from Africa but realistically account for the many challenges that remain. Africa in World Politics is a fitting tribute to Don Rothchild, reflecting his deep and broad interests in Africa."
—Jeffrey Herbst, Miami University

"This fourth edition highlights anew the complexities of African international affairs. A worthy tribute to its co-editor, the late Donald Rothchild, the volume's chapters, crafted by eminent and experienced authorities, explore every strata of influence and change in contemporary Africa's engagement with the world. It offers insights on the post Cold War dynamics of state building, democracy, conflict, alliances and terrorism as shaped by domestic groups, national and foreign governments, NGOs, and intergovernmental agencies ranging from the AU and NEPAD to the World Bank and the UN. No important question is unaddressed."
—Raymond F. Hopkins, Swarthmore College
“The nuanced and balanced approach of this collection of essays provides a useful framework for understanding… economic development and political accountability in Africa.”
International Journal on World Peace


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343648
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Harbeson is professor of political science in the Graduate School and at City College of the City University of New York.

The late Donald Rothchild was professor of political science at the University of California at Davis until his passing in January 2007.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction

1 Intimations of an African renaissance : recent progress, long-term challenges John W. Harbeson Harbeson, John W. 3

Pt. II Historical parameters

2 The heritage of colonialism Crawford Young Young, Crawford 19

3 Africa and the world political economy : still caught between a rock and a hard place? Thomas M. Callaghy Callaghy, Thomas M. 39

4 Africa and other civilizations : conquest and counter-conquest Ali A. Mazrui Mazrui, Ali A. 72

Pt. III African states and the state system : reinvention and reconstruction

5 Promising democratization trajectories in Africa's weak states John W. Harbeson Harbeson, John W. 109

6 In pursuit of authority : civil society and rights-based discourses in Africa Aili Mari Tripp Tripp, Aili Mari 140

7 The AIDS crisis : international relations and governance in Africa Alan Whiteside Whiteside, Alan Anokhi Parikh Parikh, Anokhi 164

8 The privatization of Africa's international relations William Reno Reno, William 190

9 Inter-African negotiations and reforming political order I. William Zartman Zartman, I. William 213

Pt. IV Global engagement : commitment, competition, and responsibility

10 The U.S. role in promoting peaceful African relations Donald Rothchild Rothchild, Donald 241

11 The war on terrorism in Africa Princeton N. Lyman Lyman, Princeton N. 276

12 Euro-African relations in the age of maturity Gilbert M. Khadiagala Khadiagala, Gilbert M. 305

13 China's engagement in Africa : scope, significance, and consequences Denis M. Tull Tull, Denis M. 323

14 Reconciling sovereignty with responsibility : a basis for international humanitarian action Francis M. Deng Deng,Francis M. 345

About the contributors 385

Index 391

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