Politics in Francophone Africa / Edition 1

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Le Vine (political science, Washington U., St. Louis) examines similarities and differences among the 14 nations in western Africa with colonial and post-colonial ties to France, most of which became independent from 1958 to 1961. Le Vine reveals the dual spirit of relations with France—the disparities between thought and action, the complexities of multiple ethnicity in the states, the influence of various religious traditions on national and intra-national politics, the states' experiments in power, their relationships with theories and applications of democracy, and the various perceptions of francophone Africa's role in the global arena. Appendices include data on principal ethnic groups, timelines, organizational structures, French military intervention, and summit conferences for francophone African states. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Foreign Affairs
This sweeping survey of politics in French West Africa starts with the premise that the juxtaposition of French and African political cultures has created a distinctive politics in the 14 formerly French colonies of West Africa. Following a brief overview of the region's colonial experience, Le Vine provides a well-informed review of its politics during four decades of independence. He discusses ethnic dynamics, the personal nature of political power, the weakness of formal institutions, and the mostly dismal record of democracy in the region. A final chapter describes the relationship with France. Le Vine should perhaps have devoted more space to the collapse of several of the region's states in the 1990s, and he ignores some of the region's major changes: significant urbanization, the rise of debt, economic crises, and the growing deterioration of the environment. Nonetheless, the book abounds with telling anecdotes and interesting examples and will be enjoyed by nonspecialists seeking a historical review of an often overlooked set of countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588265517
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 425
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of francophone Africa
1 The human and geographical contexts of politics 11
2 The colonial context 29
3 Political life and institutions, 1944-1960 61
4 Political cultures 87
5 Ideology and political style : the uneasy marriage of thought and action 119
6 Ethnicity, religion, and national politics 161
7 Experiments in power, 1958-2003 201
8 Redemocratization 241
9 Rulers and leaders 271
10 In the shadow of the state : the domain of nonformal politics 305
11 Francophone Africa in the global arena 337
App. A Principal ethnic groups 358
App. B Decolonization timeline, 1944-1960 361
App. C General elections in the AOF by seats, 1945-1960 362
App. D Administrative hierarchy of the AOF 363
App. E Structure of the RDA 364
App. F Hodgkin's "common themes" of African nationalism 365
App. G Democratic progress 366
App. H African national conferences : political events and institutions, 1991-1993 367
App. I Leadership succession, 1958-2003 369
App. J Freedom house ratings, 2001-2002 377
App. K Occupational background : independence cabinets 378
App. L Principal French military interventions, 1960-2003 380
App. M Franco-African summits and "francophonie" summit conferences 382
App. N Principal French cooperation accords with African and Malagache states 384
App. O Political and entrepreneurial power connections : "Francafrique"/Paris-village networks 386
App. P Relationship of the Democratic Party of Guinea to the government organizational structures, 1961 388
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