Political Topographies of the African State: Territorial Authority and Institutional Choice

Political Topographies of the African State: Territorial Authority and Institutional Choice

by Catherine Boone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521825571

ISBN-13: 9780521825573

Pub. Date: 01/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Political Topographies of the African State shows that central rulers' power, ambitions, and strategies of control have always varied across subregions of the national space, even in countries reputed to be highly centralized. Catherine Boone argues that this unevenness reflects a state-building logic that is shaped by differences in the political economy of the…  See more details below

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Political Topographies of the African State shows that central rulers' power, ambitions, and strategies of control have always varied across subregions of the national space, even in countries reputed to be highly centralized. Catherine Boone argues that this unevenness reflects a state-building logic that is shaped by differences in the political economy of the regions - that is, by relations of property, production, and authority that determine the political clout and economic needs of regional-level elites. Center-provincial bargaining, rather than the unilateral choices of the center, is what drives the politics of national integration and determines how institutions distribute power. When devolution occurs, will we get local democracy, decentralized despotism, or disintegration of authority? Political Topographies shows why and how the answer can vary across space within a single national unit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521825573
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Mapping Political Topography in Africa11
3Uneven Institutional Topography Within One State43
4Taxing Rich Peasants, Regime Ideology as Strategy141
5The Geopolitics of Late Development240
6Conclusion318
App.: A Note on Sources, Evidence, and Measurement353
References359
Index393

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