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An introduction to African politics

Author: Alex Thomson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An ideal textbook for those new to the study of this vast and daunting continent. It identifies the essential features of African politics, allowing students to grasp the recurring themes present  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Thomson
ISBN: 0415181976 9780415181976 0415181984 9780415181983
OCLC Number: 42736343
Description: vii, 277 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: state, civil society and external interests --
2. History: Africa's pre-colonial and colonial inheritance --
3. Ideology: nationalism, socialism, populism and state capitalism --
4. Ethnicity: ethnic groups, 'tribes', and political identity --
5. Social class: the search for class politics in Africa --
6. Legitimacy: neo-patrimonialism, personal rule and the centralisation of the African state --
7. Coercion: military intervention in African politics --
8. Sovereignty: external influences on African politics --
9. Sovereignty again: neo-colonialism, structural adjustment, and Africa's political economy --
10. Authority: the crises of accumulation, governance and state collapse --
11. Democracy: re-legitimising the African state? --
12. Conclusions: state and civil society in post-colonial Africa --
Appendix. multi-party legislative and presidential elections in Africa, independence to 1999.
Responsibility: Alex Thomson.

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