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Contemporary African Politics


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Once seen only as a continent of poverty, violence and corruption, the Africa of today is a vibrant place where social forces demand representative governance, in the process generating fresh forms of complexities in the political, social and economic life of ordinary Africans. Whether what we are witnessing is a third liberation of the continent: the first from colonialism, the second from autocratic indigenous rule and now something far more different, is a work in progress.

This series seeks original approaches to furthering our understanding of the ensuing changes on the continent. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of African politics. It looks at the full range and variety of African politics in the twenty-first century covering the changing nature of African society, gender issues, economic prosperity and poverty to the development of relations between African states, external organisations and between leaders and the people they would govern. The series aims to publish work by senior scholars as well as the best new researchers and features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialised texts.

To submit a proposal for Contempoary African Politics please contact Leanne Hinves [email protected]

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Politics and Change in Africa In Search of Stability

Politics and Change in Africa: In Search of Stability

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Nana K. Poku
January 01, 2021

Ignored by theoreticians and discredited by militant attackers of imperialism whose dialectical reasoning proved Africa’s impotence in global politics, the continent now often appears to exist only as a reminder of the failures of indigenous rule. Until the end of the Cold War the post-colonial ...

Post-Colonial Kenya The Rise of an Authoritarian and Predatory State

Post-Colonial Kenya: The Rise of an Authoritarian and Predatory State

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rok Ajulu
January 01, 2021

This engaging reassessment of postcolonial Kenyan political history develops a theory of historical change and the role of leading figures in it. Combining political economy with political sociology it demonstrates how violence following the contested presidential election of 2007 represented, to a...

Voice and Power in Africa's Democracy Institutions, Participation and Accountability

Voice and Power in Africa's Democracy: Institutions, Participation and Accountability

1st Edition

Said Adejumobi
September 01, 2020

Africa has made notable progress in its nascent democracy but with uneven performance across countries. However, across the board, challenges abound. Central to Africa’s checkered democratic narrative is the weakness of its democratic institutions, participatory mechanisms and accountability ...

Foreign Policy in Post-Genocide Rwanda Elite Perceptions of Global Engagement

Foreign Policy in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Elite Perceptions of Global Engagement

1st Edition

Jonathan R. Beloff
July 30, 2020

This book examines how Rwandan elites within the government, private sector and civil society perceive the nation’s political and economic relationship with the international community. Using testimonies and interviews of Rwandan political, military and economic leaders, and bureaucrats, this book ...

Neoliberal Globalisation and Resistance from Below Why the Subalterns Resist in Bolivia and not in Ghana

Neoliberal Globalisation and Resistance from Below: Why the Subalterns Resist in Bolivia and not in Ghana

1st Edition

Jasper Abembia Ayelazuno
August 20, 2018

As bearers of their own emancipation, the political agency of the subaltern classes is a vexed question, a time-honoured one at that. Why do the subalterns endure injustices without revolting most of the time, but revolt sometimes against some injustices? The euphoria of ’globalisation-from-below’,...

Urban Politics After Apartheid

Urban Politics After Apartheid

1st Edition

Sandrine Gukelberger
June 11, 2018

Urban Politics After Apartheid presents an understanding of gendered urban politics in South Africa as an interactive process. Based on long-term fieldwork in the former townships 20 years after the end of apartheid, it provides an in-depth analysis of how activists and local politicians engage ...

The Making of the Constitution of Kenya A Century of Struggle and the Future of Constitutionalism

The Making of the Constitution of Kenya: A Century of Struggle and the Future of Constitutionalism

1st Edition

Charles O. Oyaya, Nana Poku
May 10, 2018

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, has gone through three sets of constitutional crises. The first related to the trauma of colonialism and struggle for independence. The second a period of constitutional dictatorship and the clamor for reform. The third, most recent crisis, being one of identity, ...

Africa Under Neoliberalism

Africa Under Neoliberalism

1st Edition

Nana Poku, Jim Whitman
October 10, 2017

The period since the 1980s has seen sustained pressure on Africa’s political elite to anchor the continent’s development strategies in neoliberalism in exchange for vitally needed development assistance. Rafts of policies and programmes have come to underpin the relationship between continental ...

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

1st Edition

Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
July 13, 2017

As an ethnic minority the Nubians of Kenya are struggling for equal citizenship by asserting themselves as indigenous and autochthonous to Kibera, one of Nairobi’s most notorious slums. Having settled there after being brought by the British colonial authorities from Sudan as soldiers, this appears...

State, Land and Democracy in Southern Africa

State, Land and Democracy in Southern Africa

1st Edition

Arrigo Pallotti, Corrado Tornimbeni
May 25, 2017

Each country in southern Africa has a unique history but in all of them socio-economic inequalities and high poverty levels weaken the governments’ legitimacy and represent a challenge to models of economic development. One key issue appears to be the solution of the land question. This vital ...

African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World Challenges, Agency and Resistance

African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World: Challenges, Agency and Resistance

1st Edition

Paul Ugor, Lord Mawuko-Yevugah
May 16, 2017

All over the world, there is growing concern about the ramifications of globalization, late-modernity and general global social and economic restructuring on the lives and futures of young people. Bringing together a wide body of research to reflect on youth responses to social change in Africa, ...

Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa Evidence from Cash Transfer Programmes

Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programmes

1st Edition

Nicholas Awortwi, Emmanuel Remi Aiyede
May 16, 2017

Africa is now in a much-improved position to support its poor and vulnerable people. It has more money, more policy commitment and abundant intervention programmes. Yet the number of citizens living lives of desperation, or at risk of destitution, is at an all-time high, and still rising. What is ...

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