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Africa in World Politics

Constructing Political and Economic Order, 6th Edition

By John W Harbeson, Donald Rothchild


362 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Contemporary Context in Historical Perspective

1. Constructing Political and Economic Order

John W. Harbeson

2. The Heritage of Colonialism

Crawford Young

Part 2: Building Viable Political Economies

3. Reflections on Africa's Rocky Love-Hate Relationship with International Capital

Todd Moss

4. Entrepreneurial Governance and the Expansion of Public Investment Funds in Africa

M. Anne Pitcher

5. The Sad Story of "Africa Rising" and the Continent's Romance with the BRICS

Ian Taylor

6. In Pursuit of Autonomy: Civil Society and the State in Africa

Aili Mari Tripp

7. Democracy and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa

John W. Harbeson

Part 3: In Search of Elusive State Reconstruction

8. The International Factor in African Warfare

William Reno

9. Sudan and South Sudan: The Tragic Denouement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Princeton N. Lyman

10. Instability in the Great Lakes Region

Filip Reyntjens

11. Boko Haram and Nigeria State Weakness

John Campbell

Part 4: Engaging the International Community Anew

12. The Diplomacy of African Conflicts

I. William Zartman

13. Bilateral vs. Multilateral Peacebuilding in Africa

Carrie Manning and Luis-Alexandre Berg

14. The African Union's Peace and Security Architecture - from Aspiration to Operationalization

Ulf Engel

15. Reconciling Sovereignty with Responsibility: A Basis for International Humanitarian Action

Francis M. Deng

About the Authors

onald Ro, John W Harbeson

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