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A modern view of Africa

Institutions and Democracy in Africa: How the Rules of the Game Shapes Political Developments
Forfatter: Nic Cheeseman (red.)
Forlag: Cambridge University Press (Storbritannia)
The anthology presents 13 texts written by several renowned Africanists. Editor and professor Nic Cheeseman succeeds in his goal of offering a new and modern understanding of the African state.

Then the book of French political scientist Jean-François Bayart L'Etat and Afrique. Let the politics you wait came out in English in 1993, it quickly became an international bestseller and curriculum in African studies around the world. The book shaped an entire generation of African scientists, whether they were political scientists, historians or anthropologists. Bayart argued that African states functioned on completely different principles than states in Europe: personal ties, ethnic loyalties, and traditional forms of authority, often referred to as "neo-patrimonialism," shaped and governed the African state. Formal institutions had no real influence and existed only as meaningless. . .

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Ketil Fred Hansen
Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

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