Big African States: Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan

Big African States: Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan

by Christopher Clapham
     
 

ISBN-10: 1868144259

ISBN-13: 9781868144259

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Witwatersrand University Press


Western notions of statehood have tended to influence the analysis of the viability of states in Africa, particularly the view that larger states have the greater potential to sustain economic viability. Yet, against a background of much recent progress on the African continent in terms of economic development and improvements in governance, it is the larger

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Western notions of statehood have tended to influence the analysis of the viability of states in Africa, particularly the view that larger states have the greater potential to sustain economic viability. Yet, against a background of much recent progress on the African continent in terms of economic development and improvements in governance, it is the larger African states which have persistently disappointed—both in terms of their own economic and political development and in terms of their ability to exert a positive influence on the region in which they are located. In this study of six African "big states," specialists across a range of disciplines analyze both the country-specific factors which have led to all but one of these states being described as dysfunctional, as well as cross-cutting issues which affect all of the big states in Africa and which may have contributed to "dysfunctionality."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781868144259
Publisher:
Witwatersrand University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
942,452
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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