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Beyond the Gatekeeper State

1st Edition

Edited by Sara Rich Dorman


158 pages

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pub: 2020-07-01
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Beyond the Gatekeeper State explores the dynamic changes occurring within and between African states, and the international system since the turn of the century.

Fred Cooper’s model of ‘gatekeeper states’ – shaped as much by their international links as by their domestic practices –provides the basis for the contributors’ thinking about international relations in Africa and the wider international system. The chapters explore the political implications of Africa’s new relations with the old super-powers, former colonial powers, and the emerging powers from the south. These new relationships reflect and affect changing technology, infrastructure and resource flows within and between African states. Drawing on both rich empirical cases and theoretical approaches, the book interrogates the implications of these changes on how we think about states and state systems.

Exploring the impact of changing technology, finance and resources on African politics, Beyond the Gatekeeper State will be of great interest to scholars of African Politics & IR, as well as African Studies and International Relations and the Politics of the Global South more broadly. This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Thematics.

Table of Contents

1. Beyond the Gatekeeper state? Studying Africa’s states and state systems in the twenty-first century

Sara Rich Dorman

2. Still one size fits all? Uneven and combined development and African gatekeeper states

William Brown

3. Beyond the gatekeeper state: African infrastructure hubs as sites of experimentation

Jana Hönke

4. Gatekeepers of financial power: from London to Lagos

Elizabeth Cobbett

5. Energy producers in sub-Saharan Africa: beyond the gatekeeper state?

Stefan Andreasson

6. Beyond gatekeeper spatial metaphors of the state in Africa: relational geo-histories of Angola

Aharon de Grassi

7. Gatekeeping practices in global environmental politics: African biopolitics and oil assemblages in Nigeria

Carl Death

8. Zimbabwe’s consolidation as a gatekeeper state

Julia Gallagher

9. Gatekeeping practices, gatekeeper states and beyond

Frederick Cooper

About the Editor

Sara Rich Dorman is Senior Lecturer in Politics and IR at the University of Edinburgh. She is a former Editor and Book Reviews Editor of African Affairs, and currently Senior Editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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