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African Politics in Comparative Perspective

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107030473

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  • 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.

    • Much richer and more stimulating than other books used for teaching African politics
    • Brings the social and political realities of Africa to life
    • Conveys a sense not only of what has been studied in African politics, but also how it was studied
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the first edition: 'A most useful book that could be assigned for both graduate and undergraduate courses on African politics. Highly recommended.' Choice

    Review of the first edition: 'African Politics in Comparative Perspective avoids the sort of confusing litany of superficial references to cases found in many texts on African politics.' Amy R. Poteete, Canadian Journal of Political Science

    Review of the first edition: 'This is a well-developed assessment of important themes in the study of African politics. With one very bold step, Hyden systematically integrates important aspects of the literature on African politics and society into the historically and theoretically rich Eurocentric tradition of state and society, which dominated the field of comparative politics in earlier decades.' Connie Anthony, African Studies Review

    'In this synthetic work pulling together decades worth of scholarship, especially in his discipline of political science, Hyden puts forth his best efforts … Policy makers and journalists who find themselves dropped into Africa without any particular training should place this book on their shelves after reading it closely so that they can refer to it often.' Derek Catsam, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107030473
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The study of politics and Africa
    2. The supremacy of politics
    3. The problematic state
    4. The economy of affection
    5. Big man rule
    6. The policy paradox
    7. The agrarian question
    8. The gender issue
    9. The ethnic factor
    10. The external dimension
    11. What we know and how
    12. Quo vadis Africa?

  • Author

    Goran Hyden, University of Florida
    Goran Hyden is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. His publications include Governance and Politics in Africa (co-edited with Michael Bratton, 1992), Agencies in Foreign Aid (co-edited with Rwekaza Mukandala, 1997), Making Sense of Governance (co-authored with Julius Court and Kenneth Mease, 2004) and Making the State Responsive (co-edited with John Samuel, 2011). He is a past president of the African Studies Association and has served as a consultant on African development to many international agencies.

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