African States Since Independence: Order, Development, And Democracy

May 28, 2019|
African States Since Independence: Order, Development, And Democracy by Darin Christensen
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Authors Christensen and Laitin argue that an interplay of geographic, historical, and demographic factors undergird sub-Saharan states’ post-independence struggles to eradicate poverty, establish democratic accountability, and quell civil unrest. They set out the founding fathers’ challenges in transforming their postcolonial states, many of which are ethnically diverse, geographically diffuse, sparsely populated, and lacking in administrative capacity. With the legacies of the slave trade, partition, Christian missionaries, and extractive colonial institutions complicating their efforts, many African states faced stagnation, authoritarianism, and civil strife. Recent years have seen promising attempts to restore democracy to states under authoritarian rule and to liberalize their economies, suggesting that the region is moving toward a new era.
 
Relying on the best statistical data and richly illustrated with case material, this book is an indispensable source for scholars and policy analysts seeking to understand Africa’s post-independence political trajectories.
Darin Christensen is assistant professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. David D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
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Title:African States Since Independence: Order, Development, And Democracy
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:416 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Shipping dimensions:416 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Published:May 28, 2019
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300226614

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