African Politics in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

African Politics in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

by Goran Hyden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521671949

ISBN-13: 9780521671941

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book reviews fifty years of research on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from different scholarly approaches and offers an original interpretation of the knowledge accumulated over the years. It discusses how research on African politics relates the study of politics in other regions and mainstream theories in comparative politics. It focuses on such…  See more details below

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This book reviews fifty years of research on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from different scholarly approaches and offers an original interpretation of the knowledge accumulated over the years. It discusses how research on African politics relates the study of politics in other regions and mainstream theories in comparative politics. It focuses on such key issues as the legacy of a movement approach to political change, the nature of the state, the economy of a location, the policy deficit, the agrarian question, gender and politics, and ethnicity and conflict. It ends by reviewing what scholars agree on and what the accumulated knowledge offers as insights for more effective political and policy reforms. This book is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in African and comparative politics as well as development-oriented courses in political science and related disciplines. It is also of great relevance to governance and development analysts and practitioners in international organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671941
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
874,568
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1The study of politics and Africa1
2The movement legacy25
3The problematic state50
4The economy of affection72
5Big man rule94
6The policy deficit116
7The agrarian question138
8Gender and politics162
9Ethnicity and conflict183
10The external dimension206
11So what do we know?228
12Quo Vadis Africa?252

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