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The State In Africa

Author : Jean-Francois Bayart
ISBN : UOM:39015080896650
Genre : Political Science
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The State in Africa is one of the important and compelling texts of comparative politics and historical sociology of the last twenty years. Bayart rejects the assumption of African ‘otherness’ based on stereotyped images of famine, corruption and civil war. Instead he invites the reader to see that African politics is like politics anywhere else in the world, not an exotic aberration. Africans themselves speak of a ‘politics of the belly’ – an expression that refers not only to the necessities of survival but also to a complex array of cultural representations, notably those of the ‘invisible’ world of sorcery. The ‘politics of the belly’ attests to a distinctively African trajectory of power that we need to understand as part of a long-term historical development. While acknowledging the insights of Western social scientists from Weber to Foucault, Bayart never loses sight of the realities of African politics and social life and he is careful to allow African voices – from the ‘small boy’ in the street to the ‘big men’ in the presidential palaces – to speak for themselves. This new edition of Bayart’s classic book includes a new introduction on Africa in the world today. This book has established itself as an indispensable text on the state and politics in Africa. It also provides a nuanced reading of what we have come to call ‘development’ and opens the way for a more general reflection on the invention of politics in African and Asian societies.

The Criminalization Of The State In Africa

Author : Jean-Fran= Bayart (LPcois)
ISBN : 0852558120
Genre : Afrika - Öffentliche Einnahmen - Regierungskriminalität
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Has Africa moved on from 'classical corruption? What are the political and economic origins of official implication in crime? What are the new frontiers of crime in South Africa?

Reconstituting The State In Africa

Author : G. Kieh
ISBN : 9780230606944
Genre : Political Science
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Contributors to this volume highlight the failure and socio-economic and political problems of post-colonial African state and make constructive and convincing suggestions of how the problems can be addressed. They do not argue for the scrapping of the state but its reconstitution in ways that will enable it to be people's-oriented.

The State Of Africa

Author : Martin Meredith
ISBN : 9780857203892
Genre : History
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Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of decolonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Weaving together the key stories and characters of the last fifty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is a major book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.

Media Conflict And The State In Africa

Author : Nicole Stremlau
ISBN : 9781108426855
Genre : Law
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Explores the ideas, interests and institutions that shape the development of media systems, particularly in countries engaged in, and emerging from, violent conflict.

The United States And Africa

Author : American Assembly
ISBN : UOM:39015017648893
Genre : Africa
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African States And Rulers

Author : John Stewart
ISBN : UOM:39015019382566
Genre : History
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Provides information on Africa's states throughout its history, and profiles its different leaders

Imagining The United States Of Africa

Author : E. Ike Udogu
ISBN : 9781498507769
Genre : Political Science
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This volume debates issues critical for the construction of a viable United States of Africa in this century. Contributors to this book contend that such a unification scheme would provide African leaders and citizens a vast home within which to exploit its abundant natural resources for socio-economic development and enhancement of its political clout in global affairs.

Economic Report On Africa 2011

Author : United Nations
ISBN : 9211251168
Genre : Business & Economics
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Many African economies are still characterized by a heavy reliance on the primary sector, high vulnerability to external shocks, jobless growth and slow progress towards social development. It is essential for African countries to promote economic diversification and structural transformation as a means to accelerate and sustain broad-based and shared high-employment-generating growth. This Report highlights that failure of earlier state-led and market-driven approaches to promoting economic transformation points to the need for fostering long-term investment, rapid and sustained economic growth, equity and social development within inclusive, transparent and comprehensive development frameworks.

Kenya S Quest For Democracy

Author : Makau Mutua
ISBN : UOM:39015076158347
Genre : Political Science
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Tracing the trajectory of postcolonial politics, Makau Mutua maps the political forces that have shaped contemporary Kenya. He also critically explores efforts on the part of both civil society and the political opposition to reform the state. Analyzing the tortuous efforts since independence to create a sustainable, democratic state, he uses the struggle over constitutional reform as a window for understanding the larger struggles confronting Kenyan society.

Nkrumah S Ghana And East Africa

Author : Opoku Agyeman
ISBN : UOM:39015025257562
Genre : Political Science
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The book sets out to explore the impact of Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah on the subregion of East Africa in the period between the independence of Ghana in March 1957 and the overthrow in 1966 of his government by the Ghanaian military. Guided by his conception of Pan-Africanism, Nkrumah sought to affect the ideological and political disposition of Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, and Milton Obote, and the states they represented: Tanganyika (later Tanzania), Kenya, and Uganda respectively. Nkrumah believed in his cause with a passion that is rarely brought to the affairs of state; and his impatience with those who did not share his passion or sense of urgency about Africa's future, made for some of the most interesting political and intellectual battles in the second half of the twentieth century. The intricacies and the nuances of these battles constitute the essence of this book. The book reinforces the verdict that Pan-Africanism in the Nkrumah era represented the most important indigenous political force on the African continent - the most significant single African attempt to affect in an important way the speed and direction of social change in Africa. The core period in this study, 1957-1966, represents the most potent phase in the history of this redemptive movement in Africa. Nkrumah's efforts at influence could not, and did not, take the same form in the three East African countries. In every case, political-ideological contextual factors dictated the pattern of input. In Tanzania, where Nyerere's calculated and studied "evolutionism" was the main concern, the main line of attack was geared to pushing the Tanzanian leader and his people toward Nkrumah's "immediatist" continental integration formula. In Uganda, where the primary concern was over Buganda particularism and its disruptive effects on Obote's efforts to achieve territorial integration and unity behind his Pan-Africanist commitments, Nkrumah's exertions were geared primarily toward augmenting the Obote government's capacity in waging an internal crusade against ethnic parochialism and "disruptive separatism." In Kenya, the entrenched neocolonial situation dictated a Nkrumaist policy of a structural attack on the system through the labor movement. The logic of Nkrumah's Pan-Africanism retains its force - particularly in the face of the deepening crisis of development in Africa, and the underlying vocal acknowledgment of the limitations of established nation-states as symbolized by the European movement toward economic and political union, and the current drive toward a North American Common Market embracing the 350 million people of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

African Journal Of Political Science

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ISBN : IND:30000071181352
Genre : Africa
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A Post State Centric Analysis Of China Africa Relations

Author : Edson Ziso
ISBN : 9783319664538
Genre : Political Science
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This book offers a new alternative to understanding the relationship between China and Africa. Here, the author not only explores the changing nature of Ethiopia’s internal politics as a result of Chinese investment and commercial links, but also compellingly questions the existing state-centric macro or strategic investigation of China-Africa relations. By thoroughly reviewing and deploying the ‘second image reversed’ approach and the relational concept of state power analytical approaches, Ziso challenges the Western-centric Weberian conceptualization of state. This volume presents an eclectic approach to interpret the state transformation in Ethiopia in light of Chinese capital, arguing for a “state in society” framework which does not treat the state as a unitary black box. This analysis challenges the conventional binary staple which is often framed on whether China is the new imperialist power plundering Africa’s resources or is Africa’s historically all-weather friend. This volume offers an original contribution to knowledge on China’s relations with Ethiopia in particular, and with Africa in general.

Journal Of Eastern African Research And Development

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ISBN : UCAL:B4946235
Genre : Africa, Eastern
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The State And Agriculture In Africa

Author : Naceur Bourenane
ISBN : UOM:39015014956380
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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A group of leading African academics from various social science disciplines engage in an in-depth examination of the current food and agricultural crisis in Africa, touching on the causes, nature, scope and dynamics of the problem. They bring to the subject a new framework of analysis which successfully combines the generality of global approach with the specificity of empirically based case studies, carefully chosen to cover the different types of production systems in Africa. Concrete proposals for overcoming the continents food and agricultural crisis are made.

The Fabric Of Peace In Africa

Author : Pamela Aall
ISBN : 9781928096412
Genre : Political Science
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Africa has experienced dozens of conflicts over a variety of issues during the past two decades. Responding to these conflicts requires concerted action to manage the crises – the violence, the political discord, and the humanitarian consequences of prolonged fighting. It is also necessary to address the long-term social and economic impacts of conflict, to rebuild communities, societies and states that have been torn apart. To accomplish this requires the involvement of institutions and groups rarely considered in formal official African conflict management activities: schools, universities, religious institutions, media, commercial enterprises, legal institutions, civil society groups, youth, women and migrants. These groups and organizations have an important role to play in building a sense of identity, fairness, shared norms and cohesion between state and society – all critical components of the fabric of peace and security in Africa. This volume brings together leading experts from Africa, Europe and North America to examine these critical social institutions and groups, and consider how they can either improve or impede peaceful conflict resolution. The overarching questions that are explored by the authors are: What constitutes social cohesion and resilience in the face of conflict? What are the threats to cohesion and resilience? And how can the positive elements be fostered and by whom? The second of two volumes on African conflict management capacity by the editors, The Fabric of Peace in Africa: Looking beyond the State opens new doors of understanding for students, scholars and practitioners focused on strengthening peace in Africa; the first volume, Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of change, focused on the role of mediation and peacekeeping in managing violence and political crises.

The Islamic State In Africa

Author : Jason Warner
ISBN : 9780197650301
Genre : Political Science
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In 2019, Islamic State lost its last remaining sliver of territory in Syria, and its Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed. These setbacks seemed to herald the Caliphate's death knell, and many now forecast its imminent demise. Yet its affiliates endure, particularly in Africa: nearly all of Islamic State's cells on the continent have reaffirmed their allegiance, attacks have continued in its name, many groups have been reinvigorated, and a new province has emerged. Why, in Africa, did the two major setbacks of 2019 have so little impact on support for Islamic State? The Islamic State in Africa suggests that this puzzle can be explained by the emergence and evolution of Islamic State's provinces in Africa, which it calls 'sovereign subordinates'. By examining the rise and development of eight Islamic State 'cells', the authors show how, having pledged allegiance to IS Central, cells evolved mostly autonomously, using the IS brand as a means for accrual of power, but, in practice, receiving relatively little if any direction or material support from central command. Given this pattern, IS Central's relative decline has had little impact on its African affiliates-who are likely to remain committed to the Caliphate's cause for the foreseeable future.

The Criminalization Of The State In Africa

Author : Jean-François Bayart
ISBN : 0253335248
Genre : Political Science
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This text charts the growth of fraud and smuggling in African states, the development of an economy of plunder and the growth of private armies. It argues that the state itself is engendering organized criminal activity.

Citizens And The State In Africa

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ISBN : OCLC:170034662
Genre : Africa
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This compendium reports on the findings from new questions and topic areas explored in Round 3 of the Afrobarometer, involving public attitude surveys conducted in 18 countries from 2005-2006. The bulk of these new questions build upon the theme of citizen-state relations, exploring how well citizens know and understand their political system, how effectively the state is serving their most important needs, and how corruption shapes citizen assessments of state legitimacy. These findings have important implications for the consolidation of democracy. For example, we find that while Africans rate the quality of their elections relatively highly, the ability of elections to provide them with either a real voice in government, or an effective means for enforcing accountability on their representatives, remains much less certain. In addition, we find that while the state enjoys a considerable degree of legitimacy, and there is solid support for protection of individual freedoms and enforcement of the rule of law, there is also a sizable and consistent minority that expresses willingness to compromise on these issues, either to protect the state, or to "get things done." It appears that the public recognizes the need for citizens to be more critical of the state in principle, but does not always find itself able to fulfill this duty in practice.

Religion Law Politics And The State In Africa

Author : Seth Tweneboah
ISBN : 9781000706734
Genre : Law
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Applying a legal pluralist framework, this study examines the complex interrelationships between religion, law and politics in contemporary Ghana, a professedly secular State characterised by high levels of religiosity. It aims to explore legal, cultural and moral tensions created by overlapping loci of authority (state actors, traditional leaders and religious functionaries). It contends that religion can function as an impediment to Ghana’s secularity and also serve as an integral tool for realising the State’s legal ideals and meeting international human rights standards. Using three case studies – legal tensions, child witchcraft accusations and same-sex partnerships – the study illustrates the ways that the entangled and complicated connections between religion and law compound Ghana’s secular orientation. It suggests that legal pluralism is not a mere analytical framework for describing tensions, but ought to be seen as part of the solution. The study contributes to advancing knowledge in the area of the interrelationships between religion and law in contemporary African public domain. This book will be a valuable resource for those working in the areas of Law and Religion, Religious Studies, African Studies, Political Science, Legal Anthropology and Socio-legal Studies.

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