Book An introduction to African politics / Alex Thomson.
Publication year: 2009
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publisher: London : Routledge,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780415482875 (pbk.) : 9780415479561 (hbk.) :
Previous ed.: 2004.
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 and Religion: 'Tribes', Godsand 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 I: External Influences on African politics 9. Sovereignty II: 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
This text focuses on the richly diverse political systems that are a feature of Africa by breaking them down into their component parts. It identifies the features of African politics, allowing students to grasp the recurring themes. The third edition of An Introduction to African Politics continues to be the ideal textbook for those new to the study of this fascinating continent. It gets to the heart of the politics of this part of the world, tackling questions such as: How is modern Africa still influenced by its colonial past? How do strong ethnic identities on the continent affect government? Why has the military been so influential? Why do African states have such difficulty managing their economies? How does African democracy differ from democracy in the West? The result is a textbook that identifies the essential features of African politics, allowing students to grasp the recurring political patterns that have dominated this continent since independence. Features and benefit
1 v. : ill. ; 25 cm.