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Routledge Handbook of African Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson, Andrea Scheibler


440 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Providing a comprehensive and cutting edge examination of this important continent, Routledge Handbook of African Politics surveys the key debates and controversies, dealing with each of the major issues to be found in Africa’s politics today.

Structured into 6 broad areas, the handbook features over 30 contributions focused around:

  • The State
  • Identity
  • Conflict
  • Democracy and Electoral Politics
  • Political Economy & Development
  • International Relations


Each chapter deals with a specific topic, providing an overview of the main arguments and theories and explaining the empirical evidence that they are based on, drawing on high-profile cases such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. The Handbook also contains new contributions on a wide range of topical issues, including terrorism, the growing influence of China, civil war, and transitional justice, making it required reading for non-specialists and experts alike.


Featuring both established scholars and emerging researchers, this is a vital resource for all students of African Studies, democratization, conflict resolution and Third World politics.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to African Politics David M. Anderson and Nic Cheeseman Section 1: The Politics of the State 1. Nationalism, One-Party States, and Military Rule Nic Cheeseman 2. Federalism and Decentralization Rotimi T. Suberu 3. The Rule of Law and the Courts Peter VonDoepp 4. Security and the Privatization of Force and Violence Rita Abrahamsen 5. Neopatrimonialism and Political Regimes Gero Erdmann 6.The Informal Practices of Civil Servants Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan Section 2: The Politics of Identity 7. Class Politics Bill Freund 8. The Politics of Ethnicity Gabrielle Lynch 9. Autochthony and the Politics of Belonging Peter Geschiere 10. Religion and Politics Stephen Ellis and Gerrie ter Haar 11. Muslim Politics in West Africa Leonardo A. Villalón 12.Women in Politics Amina Mama Section 3: The Politics of Conflict 13. Civil War Philip Roessler 14. Oil Politics Ricardo Soares de Oliveira 15. Power-Sharing Andreas Mehler 16. Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Devon Curtis 17. Transitional Justice after Atrocity Phil Clark Section 4: Democracy & Electoral Politics 18. Electoral Authoritarianism and Multi-Party Politics Nicolas van de Walle 19. The Power of Elections Staffan I. Lindberg 20. Emerging Legislatures Joel D. Barkan 21. Political Parties Matthijs Bogaards 22. Public Opinion and Democratic Consolidation Michael Bratton Section 5: Political Economy & Development 3. id, Trade, Investment, and Dependency Martin Williams 24. Social Policy Jeremy Seekings 25. NGOs Michael Jennings 26. The Economy of Affection Göran Hydén 27. The Politics of Development Tim Kelsall Section 6: International Relations 28. Africa and the Global Economy Richard E. Mshomba 29. Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration Gilbert M. Khadiagala 30. Terrorism, Security, and the State Ken Menkhaus 31. Democracy Promotion Stephen Brown 32. China and Africa Chris Alden     

About the Editors

Nic Cheeseman is University Lecturer in African Politics at Oxford University, joint editor of African Affairs, and founder of He works on comparative democratization and has published widely on a range of topics including electoral violence, political parties, and power-sharing.

David M. Anderson is Professor of African Politics in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Cross College. His research and writing focuses on the history and politics of eastern Africa.

Andrea Scheibler is a DPhil candidate in African History at the University of Oxford, and a member of St Hugh's College

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General