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Political Leadership in Africa

Political Leadership in Africa
Leaders and Development South of the Sahara

  • Publication planned for: April 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108438315

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  • Do political leaders matter for development in Africa? Political leaders south of the Sahara have taken centre stage since countries in the region gained independence in the 1960s, yet a 'leadership trap' soon emerged with power-holders overstaying in office and chronic instability caused by coups resulting in decades of disappointing developmental performances. The beginnings of change are found in political reforms of the early 1990s, with many sub-Saharan countries introducing multiparty elections and an increasingly regular succession of leaders. But what impact did the new mechanisms for selecting leaders have on the political stabilization of African states, on the growth of their economies, and on the welfare of ordinary citizens? Drawing on a new dataset called the Africa Leadership Change (ALC), this innovative analysis of political leadership in Africa investigates the distinct leadership dynamics of development processes across the region from 1960 - 2018, revealing how, as Africa began to change its leaders and the way they reach power, these new leaders themselves began to change Africa.

    • An innovative and systematic analysis of all African leaders who held office between 1960 and 2018.
    • Draws on an entirely original dataset called the Africa Leadership Change (ALC) dataset
    • Brings to light the connection between leadership dynamics and development processes that is often only implicitly assumed in existing literature on African politics
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    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108438315
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Leadership, Politics and Development
    2. Coming to Power and Using It: Leaders' Selection, Change and Government Performance
    3. The Africa Leadership Change (ALC) Dataset
    4. The Changing Dynamics of African Leadership: Rulers before and after 1990
    5. When the Military Strikes
    6. Lessening Africa's 'Big Men': Term Limits
    7. Leading for Development? (I). Economic Growth
    8. Leading for Development? (II). Social Welfare, State Consolidation and Corruption Control
    9. Autocrats, Hegemons, Democrats and Transients
    10. Leaders to Come.

  • Authors

    Giovanni Carbone, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Giovanni Carbone is Professor of Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Milano and Head of the Africa Programme at ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale). His research focuses on the comparative study of politics, geopolitics and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been the Principal Investigator of a European Research Council (ERC) funded research project and is the author of articles in journals including Governance, Journal of Development Studies and Journal of Modern African Studies.

    Alessandro Pellegata, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Alessandro Pellegata is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Milano where his research is based within the field of comparative politics. He is the author of several articles in journals including European Political Science Review and Journal of European Public Policy. In 2011 he was awarded the “Santoro Prize” for the best paper presented by a young scholar at the SISP Annual Congress.

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