States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control

States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control

by Jeffrey Herbst
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691010285

ISBN-13: 9780691010281

Pub. Date: 03/06/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"An original and intriguing book, which I read with the greatest interest. Herbst's argument is provocative and lucidly presented. This book will be read and debated not only by Africanists but also by others in the political science community. It is the most important and successful contribution to the literature on African politics since Jackson and Rosberg's

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"An original and intriguing book, which I read with the greatest interest. Herbst's argument is provocative and lucidly presented. This book will be read and debated not only by Africanists but also by others in the political science community. It is the most important and successful contribution to the literature on African politics since Jackson and Rosberg's Personal Rule in Black Africa."—Robert H. Bates, Harvard University, author of Open-Economy Politics: The Political Economy of the World Coffee Trade

"Herbst's arguments will excite controversy among students of African history and politics, who have built up an extensive story about European transformations of African politics. His analysis raises doubts about how deeply those transformations went; rather, he maintains that durable conditions of topography and social structure have long constrained African state formation. Herbst offers an integrated account of state formation, transformation, and deformation in sub-Saharan Africa."—Charles Tilly, Columbia University, author of Durable Inquality

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010281
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/06/2000
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE: THE CHALLENGE OF STATE-BUILDING IN AFRICA

One The Challenge of State-Building in Africa

PART TWO: THE CONSTRUCTION OF STATES IN AFRICA

Two Power and Space in Precolonial Africa

Three The Europeans and the African Problem

Four The Political Kingdom in Independent Africa

PART THREE: NATIONAL DESIGN AND DOMESTIC POLITICS

Five National Design and the Broadcasting of Power

Six Chiefs, States, and the Land

PART FOUR: BOUNDARIES AND POWER

Seven The Coin of the African Realm

Eight The Politics of Migration and Citizenship

PART FIVE: CONCLUSION

Nine The Past and the Future of State Power in Africa

Index

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