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Title:State fragility in Africa: methods chasing problems or problems chasing methods in political discourse?
Author:Notshulwana, MxolisiISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Africa
State collapse
Abstract:The article critiques the inadequacy of the conceptions and definitions of State fragility, failure and weakness in Africa. The dominant accounts of State failure, weakness and fragility tend to look at the superficial appearance and not at the multi-causal economic, political and discursive foundations of an African State. The article argues that a deeper and alternative discourse about State failure, fragility and weakness in Africa needs to address the basic question of what the character and nature of the African State are. The article broaches this question by analysing the conceptions of State failure, fragility and weakness, and then provides a comprehensive account of the character and nature of postcolonial States in Africa. The intention here is to show that the form and content of postcolonial States in Africa have been a contested and inadequately theorized phenomenon for many years. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]