The Criminalization of the State in Africa

Paperback | April 6, 2009

byJean-FranCois Bayart, Stephen Ellis, Beatrice Hibou

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The growth of fraud and smuggling on a major scale, the plundering of natural resources, the privatisation of state institutions, the development of an economy of plunder, the growth of private armies-all of these features of public life in Africa suggest that the state itself is becoming a vehicle for organised criminal activity. The three authors propose criteria for gauging the criminalisation of African states and present a novel prognosis.

Have we moved on from "classical" corruption? There is a difference between the corruption of previous decades and the criminalisation of some African states now taking place. Major operators are now able to connect with global criminal networks.

What are the political origins of official implication in crime? The notion of "social capital" has become fashionable among commentators in recent years.

What aspects of Africa's past have contributed to current attitudes towards the use of public office for personal enrichment, or even systemic illegality? The new frontiers of crime in South Africa. South Africa has a decades-long tradition of association between crime and politics. South Africa is now the centre of important international patterns of crime, notably in the drug trade. It has both Africa¹s largest formal economy and the continent's largest criminal economy.

What are the economic origins of official implication in crime? New forms of corruption have been unintentionally helped by liberal economic reforms.

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In a poverty-stricken nation, it isn’t surprising that crime is a way of life. The Criminalisation of the State in Africa examines the growth of fraud and smuggling in this vast Third World continent. As the economy continues to falter, argue the authors, the features of public life in Africa contribute to organized crime. Readers will...

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The growth of fraud and smuggling on a major scale, the plundering of natural resources, the privatisation of state institutions, the development of an economy of plunder, the growth of private armies-all of these features of public life in Africa suggest that the state itself is becoming a vehicle for organised criminal activity. The ...

Jean-François Bayart is Director of the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationals, Paris.Stephen Ellis is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre at Leiden and former editor of Africa Confidential.Béatrice Hibou is a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique attached to the Centre d'Etudes d'Afrique Noi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.46 inPublished:April 6, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Jean-François Bayart
From kleptocracy to the felonious state? by Jean-François Bayart, Stephen Ellis and Béatrice Hibou
The "social capital" of the felonious state, or the ruses of political intelligence by Jean-François Bayart
The new frontiers of crime in South Africa by Stephen Ellis
The "social capital" of the state as an agent of deception, or the ruses of economic intelligence by Béatrice Hibou
Conclusion by Jean-François Bayart

From Our Editors

In a poverty-stricken nation, it isn’t surprising that crime is a way of life. The Criminalisation of the State in Africa examines the growth of fraud and smuggling in this vast Third World continent. As the economy continues to falter, argue the authors, the features of public life in Africa contribute to organized crime. Readers will learn how new economic reforms have accidentally started new forms of corruption.