The African State: Reconsiderations

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Abdi Ismail Samatar, Ahmed Ismail Samatar
ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2002 - Social Science - 286 pages
The African state is more essential than ever for the sustainability of the long march towards political, economic, and cultural development. This volume captures the diversity of African states and leadership by examining eight states from northern, western, eastern, and southern Africa. Contributing African scholars transcend current thinking on the nature of the state and its role in transforming the fortunes of the continent. They establish a conceptual framework that allows for a complex but concrete and integrated analysis of the African state. Leader, regime, administration, and commonwealth provide the four key factors for identification of state types in Africa. Different combinations of these factors produce various types of states ranging from Botswana's relatively integral political system to the "cadaverous" Somali state. States examined in this collection include: Botswana Ethiopia Ghana Libya Nigeria South Africa Sudan All of the book's contributors have done substantia States examined in this collection include: BLBotswanaBLEthiopiaBLGhanaBLLibyaBLNige AfricaBLSudan All of the book's contributors have done substantial scholarly works on their respective countries. Their essays provide practical means of assessing reform programs intended to enhance state effectiveness. This book will be of great value not only to scholars, but also to policy makers and others concerned with the construction of a positive future for the African continent.

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Contents

Comprehending the Exceptional State
17
The Challenge
53
The Fall and Rise of the State in Ghana
101
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ABDI ISMAIL SAMATAR is Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of An African Miracle published by Heinemann that was a finalist for the 2000 Herskovits award.AHMED I. SAMATAR is James Wallace Professor and Dean of International Studies at Macalaster College in Minnesota. He has written extensively on African politics and Somalia.

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