Inside African Politics


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  • Format: Soft Cover
  • ISBN: 9781775820680
  • Language(s): English
  • Extent: 464
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  • Category: UCT Press, African History and Politics

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This up-to-date introduction to contemporary African politics focuses on states as well as citizens across the continent, looking at politics from above and below. It examines why we should know about African politics; the evolution of African states; people, identity and power; the practice of power; the range of regimes in Africa; the economic dimensions of African politics; the shifting landscape of conflict and security; and African politics in international relations.

Using an abundance of data and illustrative examples, the authors highlight the contributions of African experiences to the broader knowledge of comparative politics and international relations. The straightforward, accessible style makes the book suitable for the general reader interested in current affairs. But the book will also serve as an essential text and a long-term resource for students and scholars alike.

1   Why Study African Politics?
•    The Object of Inquiry: An Overview
•    Africa?

2   The Evolution of African States
•    Precolonial Politics
•    The Colonial State
•    Postcolonial States

3   People, Identity, and Politics
•    Ethnicity
•    Religion
•    Social Classes and Class Politics
•    Gender Inequality and Participation
•    Civil Society

4   The Practice of Power
•    Neopatrimonial Rule
•    Political Parties
•    Militaries
•    The Branches and Practice of Government

5   An Increasing Range of Regimes
•    The Evolution of Regimes over Time
•    Explaining Authoritarianism and Democracy in Africa
•    African Democracy in Practice
6   The Economic Dimensions of African Politics
•    The Weight of History and Nature
•    The Management of African Economies and the Development Agenda

7   The Shifting Landscape of Conflict and Security
•    A Typology of African Conflicts
•    Changing Patterns
•    Theories of War in Africa
•    Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution
•    Human Security and Insecurity

8   International Relations Near and Far
•    Africa in the World
•    Intra-African Relations
•    External Bilateral Relations
•    International Organizations
•    The Privatization of Africa’s International Relations


List of Acronyms
Basic Information on African States
Bibliography
Index
About the Book

Undergraduate students of politics, African politics and international relations, as well as the general reader.

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This up-to-date introduction to contemporary African politics focuses on states as well as citizens across the continent, looking at politics from above and below. It examines why we should know about African politics; the evolution of African states; people, identity and power; the practice of power; the range of regimes in Africa; the economic dimensions of African politics; the shifting landscape of conflict and security; and African politics in international relations.

Using an abundance of data and illustrative examples, the authors highlight the contributions of African experiences to the broader knowledge of comparative politics and international relations. The straightforward, accessible style makes the book suitable for the general reader interested in current affairs. But the book will also serve as an essential text and a long-term resource for students and scholars alike.

1   Why Study African Politics?
•    The Object of Inquiry: An Overview
•    Africa?

2   The Evolution of African States
•    Precolonial Politics
•    The Colonial State
•    Postcolonial States

3   People, Identity, and Politics
•    Ethnicity
•    Religion
•    Social Classes and Class Politics
•    Gender Inequality and Participation
•    Civil Society

4   The Practice of Power
•    Neopatrimonial Rule
•    Political Parties
•    Militaries
•    The Branches and Practice of Government

5   An Increasing Range of Regimes
•    The Evolution of Regimes over Time
•    Explaining Authoritarianism and Democracy in Africa
•    African Democracy in Practice
6   The Economic Dimensions of African Politics
•    The Weight of History and Nature
•    The Management of African Economies and the Development Agenda

7   The Shifting Landscape of Conflict and Security
•    A Typology of African Conflicts
•    Changing Patterns
•    Theories of War in Africa
•    Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution
•    Human Security and Insecurity

8   International Relations Near and Far
•    Africa in the World
•    Intra-African Relations
•    External Bilateral Relations
•    International Organizations
•    The Privatization of Africa’s International Relations


List of Acronyms
Basic Information on African States
Bibliography
Index
About the Book

Undergraduate students of politics, African politics and international relations, as well as the general reader.

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