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1st Edition

Political Culture, Change, and Security Policy in Nigeria

ISBN 9780367592127
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
382 Pages

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Book Description

Demonstrating how political culture facilitates or distorts political preferences and political outcomes, this book explores how the historical development of social conditions and the current social structures shape understandings and constrain individual and collective actions within the Nigerian political system. Political Culture, Change, and Security Policy examines the extent to which specific norms and socialization processes within the political and civic culture abet corruption or the proclivity to engage in corrupt practices and how they help reinforce political attitudes and civic norms that have the potential to undermine the effectiveness of government. It also delineates specific doctrinal models and strategic framework essential to the development and implementation of Nigeria’s national security policy, as well as innovative approaches to national development planning.

Professor Kalu N. Kalu offers an exhaustive study that integrates several quantitative models in addressing a series of theoretical and empirical questions that inform historical and contemporary issues of the Nigerian project. The general premise is that it is not enough to simply highlight the problems of the state and address the what question, we must also address the why and how questions that drive political change, policy preferences, and competing political outcomes.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Antecedents and the Trajectory of History

CHAPTER 2: Political Culture and Institutionalization: Defining Characteristics

CHAPTER 3: Contested Discourse: Policy Dissonance and the Limits of Deliberative


CHAPTER 4: Corruption and Development: Value Ethics in Comparative Perspective

CHAPTER 5: Corruption and Political Decay: An Institutional Footnote

CHAPTER 6: Corruption and Socialization: A Cultural Hypothesis

CHAPTER 7: Constructing Identities: Norms of Dissent and Political Action in the Niger


CHAPTER 8: Developing National Security Policy: Context and Competing Imperatives

CHAPTER 9: Strategic Fusion: The Making of a Grand Doctrine

CHAPTER 10: Reconciling State and Citizenship: Civic Culture and National

Development Planning


    1. Divergent Identities: A Social Constructivist Analysis of Conflict and Political Action in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. (Informed Consent Questionnaire AUM IRB 2009-28).

    2. Zonal ArcMaps: Hotspot Analysis of Geographical Clusters of Respondents’


C. Respondents’ Sampled Opinions on Crucial Policy and National Issues






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Kalu N. Kalu is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science & National Security Policy at Auburn University Montgomery, USA and Docent Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland.