Power In Africa

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Power in Africa casts a fresh look at contemporary Black African politics. It reviews the merits and failings of existing interpretations of Africa's post-colonial society and proposes a new approach to its understanding. It has two main aims. First, to present a comparative conceptual framework which places Africa's politics within their appropriate historical context. Second, to offer an explanation of what is actually happening in Africa—beyond the cliches of a dark continent perennially in crisis. No one can ...

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Overview

Power in Africa casts a fresh look at contemporary Black African politics. It reviews the merits and failings of existing interpretations of Africa's post-colonial society and proposes a new approach to its understanding. It has two main aims. First, to present a comparative conceptual framework which places Africa's politics within their appropriate historical context. Second, to offer an explanation of what is actually happening in Africa—beyond the cliches of a dark continent perennially in crisis. No one can deny that today Africa is in crisis. Wars, coups, famines and violence stalk the continent and fill the pages of our newspapers. Africa's debt is astronomical, economic development has virtually ceased, corruption is endemic and force seems the chief instrument of politics. Our understanding of that crisis, however, has often been hampered by the conceptual frameworks we have used to explain it. Power in Africa develops a political analysis which attempts to construct a plausible interpretation of Africa's contemporary predicament.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312099541
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/19/1993
  • Edition description: Facsimile
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Meanings of Political Interpretation
Introduction 3
1 Paradigms Lost 11
Pt. II Concepts for the Analysis of Power in Africa
Introduction 35
2 The Political Community 38
3 Political Accountability 54
4 The State 68
5 Civil Society 82
6 Production 98
Pt. III The Construction of the African Post-Colonial Political Order
Introduction 117
7 The Crisis of Nationality and Sovereignty 120
8 The Crisis of Legitimacy and Representation 136
9 The Crisis of Accumulation and Inequality 150
10 The Crisis of Good Government and Political Morality 164
11 The Crisis of Violence and Survival 179
Pt. IV Political Change and Continuity in Contemporary Africa
Introduction 197
12 The Dynamics of Political Africanisation 200
13 The Dialectics of the Hegemonic Drive 217
14 The Politics of Dependence 233
15 The Reproduction of Power 248
Notes 265
Select Bibliography 301
Index 307
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