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Political topographies of the African state : territorial authority and institutional choice

Author: Catherine Boone
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
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"Political Topographies of the African State shows that central rulers' power, ambitions, and strategies of control have always varied across subregions of the national space, even in countries reputed to be highly centralized. Catherine Boone argues that this unevenness reflects a state-building logic that is shaped by differences in the political economy of the regions - that is, by relations of property,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Boone
ISBN: 0521825571 9780521825573 0521532647 9780521532648
OCLC Number: 223410468
Description: p. cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Mapping Political Topography in Africa --
3. Uneven Institutional Topography Within One State --
4. Taxing Rich Peasants, Regime Ideology as Strategy --
5. The Geopolitics of Late Development --
6. Conclusion.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Responsibility: Catherine Boone.
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"Political Topographies of the African State shows that central rulers' power, ambitions, and strategies of control have always varied across subregions of the national space, even in countries reputed to be highly centralized. Catherine Boone argues that this unevenness reflects a state-building logic that is shaped by differences in the political economy of the regions - that is, by relations of property, production, and authority that determine the political clout and economic needs of regional-level elites. Center-provincial bargaining, rather than the unilateral choices of the center, is what drives the politics of national integration and determines how institutions distribute power. When devolution occurs, will we get local democracy, decentralized despotism, or disintegration of authority? Political Topographies shows why and how the answer can vary across space within a single national unit."--Jacket.

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