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

Catherine Boone examines political regionalism in Africa and how it affects forms of government, and prospects for democracy and development. Boone's study is set within the context of larger theories of political development in agrarian societies. It features a series of compelling case studies that focus on regions within Senegal, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire

Overview

Catherine Boone examines political regionalism in Africa and how it affects forms of government, and prospects for democracy and development. Boone's study is set within the context of larger theories of political development in agrarian societies. It features a series of compelling case studies that focus on regions within Senegal, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire and ranges from 1930 to the present. The book will be of interest to readers concerned with comparative politics, Africa, development, regionalism and federalism, and ethnic politics.

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

1. Introduction; 2. Mapping institutional topography; 3.1 Uneven institutional topography within one state; 3.2 Powersharing in Senegal's groundnut basin; 3.3 Administrative occupation in Casamance; 3.4 Conclusion; 4.1 Taxing rich peasants: ideology as strategy; 4.2 Usurping 'rightful rulers': Asante; 4.3 'Local powers do not exist': southern Cote d'Ivoire; 4.4 Conclusion; 5.1 The geopolitics of late development; 5.2 Path switching in northern Cote d'Ivoire; 5.3 Path switching in the Senegal River Valley; 5.4 Conclusion: why institutional strategies change; 6. Conclusion.

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