Africa in World Politics: Constructing Political and Economic Order by John W Harbeson,donald RoAfrica in World Politics: Constructing Political and Economic Order by John W Harbeson,donald Ro

Africa in World Politics: Constructing Political and Economic Order

byJohn W Harbeson,donald Ro, Donald Rothchild

Paperback | March 1, 2017

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The sixth edition of Africa in World Politics focuses on challenges African states face in constructing viable political economies in contexts both of familiar domestic challenges and an unprecedented mix of engagements, opportunities, and threats emanating from a turbulent and rapidly changing international order. This text, including new chapters on Nigeria and the influence of party politics on economic development, remains an invaluable resource for students of African politics seeking to navigate the continent's complex political and economic landscapes. Revised chapters consider both the extent and the limits of continued healthy growth rates in many countries; the impacts of investments by China and other BRICS countries; plateaus and some reversals in progress on human rights and democratization; dimensions of chronic state weakness deepened by insurgencies, including some that are connected to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State; and peacebuilding efforts struggling to uphold responsible sovereignty in the Sudans, the Great Lakes region, and elsewhere.
John W. Harbeson is professor emeritus of political science in the Graduate School and at City College of the City University of New York and a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and the Elliot School of International Affairs of George Washington University.The late Donald Rothchild was professor of political scien...
Title:Africa in World Politics: Constructing Political and Economic OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:362 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 0.75 inPublished:March 1, 2017Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081335028X

ISBN - 13:9780813350288


Table of Contents


Part I The Contemporary Context in Historical Perspective
1. Constructing Political and Economic Order
John W. Harbeson
Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

2. The Heritage of Colonialism
Crawford Young
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Part II Building Viable Political Economies

3. Reflections on Africa’s Love-Hate Relationship with International Capital
Todd Moss
Center for Global Development

4. Entrepreneurial Governance and the Expansion of Public Investment Funds in Africa
M. Anne Pitcher
University of Michigan

5. The Sad Story of “Africa Rising” and of the Continent’s Romance with the BRICS
Ian Taylor
St. Andrews University

6. In Pursuit of Autonomy: Civil Society and the State in Africa
Aili Mari Tripp
University of Wisconsin-Madison

7. Democracy and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa
John W. Harbeson
Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

Part III In Search of Elusive State Reconstruction

8. The International Factor in African Warfare
William Reno
Northwestern University

9. Sudan and South Sudan: The Tragic Denouement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Princeton N. Lyman
U.S. Institute of Peace

10. Instability in the Great Lakes Region
Filip Reyntjens
University of Antwerp

11. Boko Haram and Nigeria State Weakness
John Campbell
Council on Foreign Relations

Part IV Engaging the International Community Anew

12. The Diplomacy of African Conflicts
I. William Zartman
Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

13. Bilateral vs. Multilateral Peacebuilding in Africa
Carrie Manning and Louis-Alexandre Berg
Georgia State University

14. The African Union’s Peace and Security Architecture—From Aspiration to Operationalization
Ulf Engel
University of Leipzig

15. Reconciling Sovereignty with Responsibility: A Basis for International Humanitarian Action
Francis M. Deng
United Nations

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Prior Editions“Africa in World Politics: Engaging a Changing Global Order provides essays from top scholars in the genre who consider the effects African issues and world politics have had upon each otherVery highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review“Africa in World Politics is the best primer available for understanding Africa's relationship with the wider world. Some of the most prominent Africanist scholars highlight the main contemporary issues facing the continent today. It presents material in digestible chapters that are accessible to both students and policy makers alike.” —Christopher Day, College of Charleston“Harbeson and Rothchild's Africa in World Politics provides an excellent introduction to understanding the ways African states relate to each other and to the rest of the world. The individual chapters are written by the top scholars in their respective issue areas. They provide important insights while remaining accessible even to those with no background in African politics.” —Michael Byron Nelson, Wesleyan University