Beyond State Crisis?: Post-Colonial Africa and Post-Soviet Eurasia in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

This book compares sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, two regions beset by the breakdown of states suffering from extreme official corruption, organized crime extending into warlordism, and the disintegration of economic institutions and public institutions for human services. The contributors not only study state breakdown but also compare the consequences of post-communism with those of post-colonialism.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

This volume is one of the few comparative studies of the two regions. As such, it reaches for broader and more theoretical generalizations across distinct geographical and cultural ines, rendering the book novoe, informative, and unique.

Perspectives on Political Science
The excellent scholarly studies in [ Beyond State Crisis?] offer both in-depth focus on specific countries and problems and useful comparative speculation regarding similarities and differences between the Eurasian and African experiences. They make a strong case for the serious scholarly comparison of the two regions... Any scholar interested in comparative studies and international relations will find a wealth of substantive detail and theoretical discussion by expert observers of state effectiveness and breakdown in this important book.

— Forest L. Grieves

Russian Review
Will most certainly become a classic of comparative politics.

— Benjamin Neuberger

American Journal of Sociology
A volume that everyone, both professionals and students, concerned with the current world could read with profit.

— Daniel Chirot

Perspectives on Political Science - Forest L. Grieves
The excellent scholarly studies in [ Beyond State Crisis?] offer both in-depth focus on specific countries and problems and useful comparative speculation regarding similarities and differences between the Eurasian and African experiences. They make a strong case for the serious scholarly comparison of the two regions... Any scholar interested in comparative studies and international relations will find a wealth of substantive detail and theoretical discussion by expert observers of state effectiveness and breakdown in this important book.
Russian Review - Benjamin Neuberger
Will most certainly become a classic of comparative politics.
American Journal of Sociology - Daniel Chirot
A volume that everyone, both professionals and students, concerned with the current world could read with profit.
Choice
This volume is one of the few comparative studies of the two regions. As such, it reaches for broader and more theoretical generalizations across distinct geographical and cultural ines, rendering the book novoe, informative, and unique.
Booknews
Several years of planning led to an international conference in March 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin, from which the 18 papers have been selected. Comparing the state crises that have engulfed the two regions, they consider their origins, similarities and differences, how they interact with interstate relations and global processes of change, the effect on salient social divisions, and potential pathways out of crisis. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins University Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930365087
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Beissinger and M. Crawford Young are professors of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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Table of Contents

Part I. Overview and Retrospective
1. Introduction: Comparing State Crises Across Two Continents, Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young
2. Convergence to Crisis: Pre-Independence State Legacies and Post-Independence State Breakdown in Africa and Eurasia, Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young

Part II. Sovereignty, Violence, and War
3. At the Edge of the World: Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty, Achille Mbembe
4. Who is Strong When the State is Weak?: Violent Entreprenuership in Russia's Emerging Markets, Vadim Volkov
5. Mafiya Trouble, Warlord Crises, Will Reno
6. Weak State and Private Armies, Charles Fairbanks
7. Civil Wars and State-Building in Africa and Eurasia, David Holloway and Stephen Stedman
8. The Effects of Interstate Crisis on African Interstate Relations (With Eurasian Comparisons), Donald Rothchild

Part III. Democratization and Political Economy
9. Russia: Unconsolidated Democracy, Creeping Authoritarianism, or Unresolved Stagnation? Lilia Shevtsova
10. War, State Making, and Democratization in Africa, Richard Joseph
11. The East Goes South: International Aid and the Production of Convergence in Africa and Eurasia, Peter J. Stavrakis
12. Economic Reform and the Discourse of Democracy in Africa: Resolving the Contradictions, Peter M. Lewis

Part IV. State and Society
13. Accomodating Ethnic Differences in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Gail W. Lapidus
14. Beyond Cultural Domination: Institutionalizing Equity in the African State, Francis M. Deng
15. Women and Political Change in Eurasia and Africa, Aili Mari Tripp

Part V. Beyond State Crisis?
16. Putting the State Back Together in Post-Soviet Georgia, Ghia Nodia
17. After the Fall: State Rehabilitation in Uganda, Crawford Young
18. Transcending the Crisis of the State in Africa and Post-Soviet Eurasia: Hopeless Chimera or Possible Dream? Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young
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