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African Politics in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 1107651417
ISBN-13: 9781107651418
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Goran Hyden
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Description: This revised and expanded second edition of African Politics in Comparative Perspective reviews fifty years of research on politics in Africa and addresses some issues in a new light, keeping in mind the changes in Africa since the first edition was  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.84" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This revised and expanded second edition of African Politics in Comparative Perspective reviews fifty years of research on politics in Africa and addresses some issues in a new light, keeping in mind the changes in Africa since the first edition was written in 2004. The book synthesizes insights from different scholarly approaches and offers an original interpretation of the knowledge accumulated in the field. Goran Hyden discusses how research on African politics relates to the study of politics in other regions and mainstream theories in comparative politics. He focuses on such key issues as why politics trumps economics, rule is personal, state is weak and policies are made with a communal rather than an individual lens. The book also discusses why in the light of these conditions agriculture is problematic, gender contested, ethnicity manipulated and relations with Western powers a matter of defiance.

The study of politics and Africa
The supremacy of politics
The problematic state
The economy of affection
Big man rule
The policy paradox
The agrarian question
The gender issue
The ethnic factor
The external dimension
What we know and how
Quo vadis Africa?

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