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Title:The African state at a critical juncture: Between disintegration and reconfiguration
Editors:Villalón, Leonardo A.ISNI
Huxtable, Phillip A.ISNI
City of publisher:Boulder, CO
Publisher:Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN:155587617X; 1555876285
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:political systems
State collapse
Abstract:This book comparatively explores the sources, patterns and likely evolution of political change in a variety of African countries. The first two chapters establish the historical (Leonardo A. Villalón) and international (Julius E. Nyang'oro and Timothy M. Shaw) context of African politics. A chapter by Joshua Bernard Forrest on State inversion and non-State politics is followed by four cases of State disintegration: Somalia (Anna Simons), Rwanda (Timothy Longman), Sierra Leone (William Reno), and Zaire (John F. Clark). The next seven chapters deal with State reconfiguration: 'Empirical Statehood' and reconfigurations of political order (Catherine Boone); Senegal: the crisis of democracy and the emergence of an Islamic opposition (Leonardo A. Villalón and Ousmane Kane); Kenya: the women's movement and democratic change (Maria Nzomo); Ghana: structural adjustment and State (re)formation (Daniel Green); Côte d'Ivoire: the crisis of distributive politics (Dwayne Woods); Uganda: the Catholic Church and State reconstruction (Ronald Kassimir); Zimbabwe: women, cultural crisis, and the reconfiguration of the one-party State (Sita Ranchod-Nilsson). A final chapter by Phillip A. Huxtable traces the patterns discernible in the comparison of these cases and sketches likely scenarios for the future.