Africa in Chaos A Comparative History

ISBN-10: 0312217870

ISBN-13: 9780312217877

Edition: 1999 (Revised)

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In a follow-up to his ground-breaking Africa Betrayed, George Ayittey takes up the plight of Africa at the end of the twentieth century. Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali once said that Africa was “in danger of becoming the lost continent” and, on this point, Ayittey thoroughly agrees. As he begins to see countries like Nigeria go over the edge of economic and social disaster, Ayittey uses his formidable powers of analysis to look at the political economy of Africa, the incursion of foreign powers and the relationship of Africa to the world market. He contrasts the indigenous systems of government that existed in Africa before the arrival of Europeans with the colonial and post-colonial systems that were forced on the country and the effect these systems have had on Africa’s inability to move forward. Ayittey’s view is dark and, as always, his stinging conclusions will infuriate some and invigorate others. Certain to create controversy, Africa in Chaos is a must-read for fans of Ayittey’s earlier work as well as anyone interested in the world economic scene today.
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 399
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Dr. George Ayitteywas named one ofForeign Policy’sTop Global Thinkers in 2009 and is an advisor to the Obama administration on forging a new path for Africa. He is the author ofAfrica Unchained,Africain Chaos,andAfrica Betrayed, which won the H.L. Mencken Award for Best Book. Ayittey has written forThe Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post, andThe Times of London, among others, and has appeared on such media as ABCNightline, PBSNewsHour, and CNN. He is also the founder and president of the Free Africa Foundation and professor economics at American University.

Prologue
Introduction: The Lost Continent
Africa’s Crises and Underdevelopment
The Indigenous and the Modern Systems: A Comparative Analysis
The Illiterate Elites
The Vampire African State
The Inevitable Implosion
The Acrobatics on Reform
How the West Compounded Africa’s Crisis
Alternative Solutions to Africa’s Crisis
Epilogue and Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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