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The Limits of Democratic Governance in South Africa

Louis A. Picard and Thomas Mogale

In the transition from apartheid rule to democratic governance in South Africa, what has been the impact on South African society at its base—on the people in the country's cities, towns, villages, and farms? Louis Picard and Thomas Mogale offer answers to this fundamental question, tracing historical trends and measuring change (or the lack of it) in the dynamic between the promise of    More >

The Limits of Democratic Governance in South Africa

Power Politics in Zimbabwe

Michael Bratton

Zimbabwe's July 2013 election brought the country's "inclusive" power-sharing interlude to an end and installed Mugabe and ZANU-PF for yet another—its seventh—term. Why? What explains the resilience of authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe? Tracing the country's elusive search for political stability across the decades, Michael Bratton offers a careful analysis of the    More >

Power Politics in Zimbabwe

Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength

J. Tyler Dickovick and James S. Wunsch, editors

In recent decades, laws passed by African governments to transfer power and resources to local and other subnational governments (SNGs) have been greeted by many in the policy community with enthusiasm. But how far has decentralization really gone in Africa? How well does it work? And what have been its consequences? The authors of Decentralization in Africa work within a common conceptual    More >

Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength

Party Politics and the Prospects for Democracy in North Africa

Lise Storm

What are the prospects for democracy in North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring? Addressing that question, Lise Storm provides a rich analysis of party politics in the region. Storm focuses on Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, examining the key characteristics and political dynamics of each country's party system as they have evolved over time. Her research sheds light not only on the    More >

Party Politics and the Prospects for Democracy in North Africa

Inside African Politics

Pierre Englebert and Kevin C. Dunn

This state-of-the-art introduction to contemporary African politics has been carefully designed to provide not only thorough coverage of the full range of core topics, but also an awareness and understanding of key theoretical issues and controversies. Drawing on their extensive teaching and fieldwork experience, Pierre Englebert and Kevin Dunn offer:     • A    More >

Inside African Politics

One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink, editors

Is the dominance of one political party a problem in an emerging democracy, or simply an expression of the will of the people? Why has one-party dominance endured in some African democracies and not in others? What are the mechanisms behind the varying party-system trajectories? Considering these questions, the authors of this collaborative work use a rigorous comparative research design and rich    More >

One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa

Michael Bratton, editor

How do individual Africans view competitive elections? How do they behave at election time? What are the implications of new forms of popular participation for citizenship and democracy? Drawing on a decade of research from the cross-national Afrobarometer project, the authors of this seminal collection explore the emerging role of mass politics in Africa's fledgling democracies.    More >

Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa

Understanding Contemporary Africa, 5th edition

April A. Gordon and Donald L. Gordon, editors

This new edition of Understanding Contemporary Africa has been thoroughly revised to reflect the many significant events and trends of the past six years—seismic political changes, the impact of the new information technology, the strong presence of China and other foreign powers, and much more. The authors provide current analyses not only of history, politics, and economics, but also    More >

Understanding Contemporary Africa, 5th edition

Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices

Ngonidzashe Munemo

Ngonidzashe Munemo challenges the conventional wisdom that African governments lack the technical capacity and political will to respond to drought and the threat of famine. Through a comparative analysis of three politically disparate countries—Botswana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe—Munemo demonstrates that differences in the ways that governments face similar drought-induced food crisis    More >

Domestic Politics and Drought Relief in Africa: Explaining Choices

Governing Africa’s Changing Societies: Dynamics of Reform

Ellen M. Lust and Stephen N. Ndegwa, editors

What is the cumulative impact of the immense social, economic, and political changes that Africa has undergone in recent decades? What opportunities do those changes present to improve the lives of the continent's citizens? Countering the prevailing mood of pessimism in the face of disappointed expectations, the authors of Governing Africa's Changing Societies demonstrate the    More >

Governing Africa’s Changing Societies: Dynamics of Reform

Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate?, 2nd edition

Erik Jensen

Responding to the changes that have swept across North Africa since the first edition of this book was published, Erik Jensen sheds new light on the enduring dispute over Western Sahara. Jensen reviews the history of the dispute, beginning with its colonial roots, and explains how and why attempts made by the OAU and, more persistently, the UN failed to achieve a formula for resolution    More >

Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate?, 2nd edition

And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night [a memoir]

Jack Mapanje

Jack Mapanje's memoir is the moving account of his imprisonment by the Malawian state and his struggle to probe the hidden motives behind his arrest. In 1981, Mapanje was a budding poet and scholar; his first collection of poems, Of Chameleons and Gods, had just been published in the prestigious African Writers Series, and his work on linguistics was having an impact on language and    More >

And Crocodiles Are Hungry at Night [a memoir]

African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors, 2nd edition

Todd J. Moss

This fully updated edition of African Development reflects the recent development successes experienced in Africa, as well as the growing divergence between countries that are engaging with the global economy and those that remain more insular. The result is a comprehensive introduction to the development issues, actors, and institutions interacting across the diverse continent. The book is    More >

African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors, 2nd edition

Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition

Gretchen Bauer and Scott D. Taylor

The developments of the past seven years are reflected throughout in this thoroughly revised edition of Politics in Southern Africa. Bauer and Taylor systematically examine politics and society in the region. After introducing the themes that guide their analysis, in each of eight country studies they trace the country’s historical origins and then analyze state institutions, political    More >

Politics in Southern Africa: Transition and Transformation, 2nd Edition

The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity

Amy S. Patterson

Situating her analysis squarely within the context of debates about the role of religion in African politics and society, Amy Patterson systematically analyzes the efforts (and sometimes lack of effort) of Christian churches in shaping HIV/AIDS policy. Patterson considers how theological worldviews, material resources, historical interactions with the state, and global networks influence    More >

The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity

Globalization in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance?

Pádraig Carmody

Is globalization good for Africa? Pádraig Carmody explores the evolving nature and impact of globalization throughout the continent, as China, the US, and other economic powers exert their influence. Drawing especially on the cases of Chad, Sudan, and Zambia, Carmody considers whether the resource curse that has for so long plagued Africa can become a blessing. He also evaluates the    More >

Globalization in Africa: Recolonization or Renaissance?

Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp takes a close, clear-sighted look at Ugandan politics since 1986, when Yoweri Museveni became the country's president. Museveni's exercise of power has been replete with contradictions: steps toward political liberalization have been controlled in ways that further centralize authority; and despite claims of relative peace and stability, Uganda has been plagued by two    More >

Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime

Civil War in African States: The Search for Security

Ian S. Spears

How do disputants in Africa's civil wars—rebel movements, ethnic groups, state leaders—find security in the midst of anarchic situations? Why do some rebel movements pursue a secessionist agenda while others seek to overthrow the existing government? Under what circumstances will insurgents agree to share power? Proposing answers to these questions, Ian Spears offers a fresh    More >

Civil War in African States: The Search for Security

Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance

Gina M.S. Lambright

Why do some African local governments perform well, while others fail to deliver even the most basic services to their constituents? Gina Lambright finds answers to this question in her investigation of the factors that contribute to good—and those that result in ineffective—institutional performance at the district level in Uganda. Examining the conditions under which local    More >

Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance

Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies

Joel D. Barkan, editor

A puzzle underpins this groundbreaking study of legislative development in Africa: Why are variations in the extent of legislative authority and performance across the continent only partially related, if at all, to the overall level of democratization? And if democratization is not the prime determinant of legislative authority, what is? Exploring the constraints that have retarded the    More >

Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies

Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa

Peter VonDoepp

That judicial institutions are important for emerging democracies leaves little room for debate. But to what extent do judiciaries in these new democracies maintain their autonomy? And what accounts for varying levels of autonomy across states? Drawing on the cases of Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia—and offering a novel analytical framework—Peter VonDoepp illuminates why power holders    More >

Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow

Pierre Englebert

Winner of the 2010 African Politics Conference Group Best Book Award! Though the demise of one or another African state has been heralded for nearly five decades, the map of the continent remains virtually unchanged. By and large, these states have failed to protect and promote the interests of their citizens; yet they endure. Pierre Englebert asks why: Why do these oppressive and    More >

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

J.N.C. Hill

J.N.C. Hill explores the multiple causes of two decades of profound political change, social and economic upheaval, and bitter conflict in postindependence Algeria. Hill focuses on the relationship between identity and sociopolitical stability as he examines the trajectory of Algerian nation building.  How did French colonization and the war of liberation transform Algerian identities? How    More >

Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule

The ANC Underground in South Africa, 1950-1976

Raymond Suttner

It is widely assumed that the African National Congress essentially disappeared from South Africa after its banning in 1960 and the imprisonment of its leaders, until public support for it revived in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising. Raymond Suttner takes issue with that view. Drawing on extensive oral testimony, Suttner reveals how internally based activists, often working independently of    More >

The ANC Underground in South Africa, 1950-1976

Democratic Participation in Rural Tanzania and Zambia: The Impact of Civic Education

Satu Riutta

Satu Riutta asks whether civic education initiatives—to which huge sums of donor funds and effort are devoted annually—actually promote political participation among the rural poor in nascent democracies. Does raising awareness about citizen rights and responsibilities increase participation? Are the effects of civic education greatest on collective or individual forms of    More >

Democratic Participation in Rural Tanzania and Zambia: The Impact of Civic Education

Security Cooperation in Africa: A Reappraisal

Benedikt Franke

In the midst of the atrocities reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the seemingly constant strife in the Horn of Africa, and the ongoing violence in Darfur, how do we make sense of the simultaneous increase in interstate security cooperation in Africa? To what extent, and why, does this cooperation differ from previous initiatives? In what direction is it heading? Benedikt Franke assesses    More >

Security Cooperation in Africa: A Reappraisal

China's New Role in Africa

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa, arguing that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, Taylor addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences,    More >

China's New Role in Africa

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

Yehudit Ronen

Libya's enigmatic Muammar Qaddafi demonstrated a perhaps unprecedented capacity for reinvention and survival, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Yehudit Ronen traces Libya's sometimes tortuous trajectory in international affairs across the four decades of Qaddafi's leadership. Ronen addresses a range of critical issues: oil politics, foreign military adventurism, WMDs,    More >

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics

No-Party Democracy? Ugandan Politics in Comparative Perspective

Giovanni Carbone

Are political parties an essential element of democracy? Or can a no-party system constitute a viable democratic alternative? Giovanni Carbone examines the politics of Museveni’s Uganda to illustrate the achievements, contradictions, and limitations of participatory politics in the absence of partisan organizations. At a time when multiparty reforms were sweeping the globe, Uganda opted    More >

No-Party Democracy? Ugandan Politics in Comparative Perspective

Kenya's Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan

Makau Mutua

Tracing the trajectory of postcolonial politics, Makau Mutua maps the political forces that have shaped contemporary Kenya. He also critically explores efforts on the part of both civil society and the political opposition to reform the state. Analyzing the tortuous efforts since independence to create a sustainable, democratic state, he uses the struggle over constitutional reform as a window for    More >

Kenya's Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

John F. Clark

Why did the democratic experiment launched in the Republic of Congo in 1991 fail so dramatically in 1997? Why has it not been seriously resumed since then? In tackling these complex questions, John Clark provides a thorough analysis of more than fifteen years of Congolese politics. Clark explores a series of logical hypotheses regarding why democracy failed to take root in Congo, moving from    More >

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo

African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine

Morten Bøås and Kevin C. Dunn, editors

At the center of many of Africa's violent conflicts are movements that do not seem to fit any established theories of armed resistance. African Guerrillas offers new models for understanding these movements, eschewing one-dimensional explanations. The authors build on—and in some cases debate—insights provided in Christopher Clapham's groundbreaking work. They find a new    More >

African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine

Political Islam in West Africa: State-Society Relations Transformed

William F.S. Miles, editor

Long before the September 11 attacks galvanized Western attention on what has variously been called political Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, and Islamism, African nations with sizeable Muslim populations were experiencing significant transformations in the relationship between religion and state. Political Islam in West Africa explores those ongoing transformations in key countries of the Sahel    More >

Political Islam in West Africa: State-Society Relations Transformed

Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform

Scott D. Taylor

Why are productive, development-supporting relations between business and government still so rare in Africa? Scott Taylor addresses this question, examining state-business coalitions as they emerge, and endure or collapse, in three representative countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Taylor illuminates three possible trajectories: an abortive state-business coalition, as in Zambia; the    More >

Business and the State in Southern Africa: The Politics of Economic Reform

Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, editor

The site of genocide in Rwanda, recurrent cycles of communal massacre, deepening poverty, state fragmentation, and massive displacement of civilians, is Africa's Great Lakes region finally moving away from decades of decay and destruction, or is it fated to remain mired in interminable strife? The authors of Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region explore the sources of conflict    More >

Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Negotiating the Net in Africa: The Politics of Internet Diffusion

Ernest J. Wilson III and Kelvin R. Wong, editors

Why do national patterns of Internet expansion differ so greatly throughout Africa? To what extent do politics trump technology? Who are the "information champions" in the various African states? Addressing these and related questions, Negotiating the Net in Africa explores the politics, economics, and technology of Internet diffusion across the continent.   The "Negotiating    More >

Negotiating the Net in Africa: The Politics of Internet Diffusion

The Politics of AIDS in Africa

Amy S. Patterson

Why do some African states commit more effectively than others to the fight against AIDS? How do power inequalities and decisionmaking institutions shape Africa's ability to combat the disease? Within the context of debates about the nature of the African state, its relations with civil society, and its reliance on external donors, Amy Patterson presents a systematic study of African state    More >

The Politics of AIDS in Africa

Women in African Parliaments

Gretchen Bauer and Hannah E. Britton, editors

Working together across religious, ethnic, and class divisions, African women are helping to formulate legislation and foster democracies more inclusive of womens' interests. Women in African Parliaments explores this phenomenon, examining the impact and experiences of African women as they seek increased representation in national legislatures. The authors' carefully constructed case    More >

Women in African Parliaments

Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace

Ruth Iyob and Gilbert M. Khadiagala

The formal division in 2011 of Africa's largest state into two new states—Sudan (the Republic of the Sudan) and South Sudan (the Republic of South Sudan)—was the result of civil strife that had endured for generations. In the years leading up to this resolution, Sudan suffered from the failure of both regional and international actors to effectively come to terms with the scope of    More >

Sudan: The Elusive Quest for Peace

Culture, Development, and Public Administration in Africa

Ogwo Jombo Umeh and Greg Andranovich

Using southern African nations as an example, the authors argue that emerging societies are poor today thanks to the over reliance on non-local models. Practitioners must consider local cultures—-languages, symbols, customs, and rituals—in developing effective administrative practices. They must absorb the experiences of people who know first-hand the dynamics and conditions in these    More >

Culture, Development, and Public Administration in Africa

East Africa and the Horn: Confronting Challenges to Good Governance

Dorina A. Bekoe, editor

Both the obstacles to governance and the opportunities for democratization confronted in East Africa—with its geostrategic importance, porous borders, governments heavily dependent on foreign aid, and some of Africa's longest running conflicts—provide valuable insights into how good governance policies can be implemented effectively throughout the developing world. East Africa and    More >

East Africa and the Horn: Confronting Challenges to Good Governance

Borders, Nationalism, and the African State

Ricardo René Larémont, editor

Tackling a fundamental question in the study of contemporary African politics, Borders, Nationalism, and the African State systematically and comparatively examines the impact of colonial borders on the intertwined trajectories of ethnic conflict and state development. The authors combine case studies (Congo, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Sudan) with thematic chapters to provide a vivid story of    More >

Borders, Nationalism, and the African State

Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

Ian Taylor

Enthusiastically embraced by African presidents, G-7 leaders, and the UN General Assembly alike, the New Partnership for Africa's Development has been advanced as the vehicle that will vitalize the continent's economies. Ian Taylor critically explores just what Nepad is, and what potential it has—or lacks—for promoting African development.    More >

Nepad: Toward Africa's Development or Another False Start?

Beyond Plunder: Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia

Amos Sawyer

Can a stable political order be established in Liberia in the aftermath of the collapse of governance and a horrendous period of pillage and carnage? Amos Sawyer argues that the task can indeed be accomplished—but only in the context of new constitutional arrangements and governing institutions that differ markedly from those of the past. Sawyer draws deeply on his experience as head of    More >

Beyond Plunder: Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia

West Africa's Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region

Adekeye Adebajo and Ismail Rashid, editors

Among the world's most unstable regions, West Africa in the last decade has experienced a web of conflicts with profound and wide-ranging effects. West Africa's Security Challenges is the first comprehensive assessment of the resulting mix of setbacks and progress.   The authors provide a context for understanding the region's security dilemmas, highlighting the link between    More >

West Africa's Security Challenges: Building Peace in a Troubled Region

Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from Sixteen Developing Countries

Goran Hyden, Julius Court, and Kenneth Mease

Although governance has been the focus of a considerable body of literature on democratic transitions and consolidation, data to support the claim that the concept is a useful one has been lacking. Now, however, Making Sense of Governance clearly shows the utility of research on governance, presenting empirical evidence from sixteen developing countries.   The authors focus on six    More >

Making Sense of Governance: Empirical Evidence from Sixteen Developing Countries

Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress

E. Gyimah-Boadi, editor

After years of reform efforts in Africa, much of the optimism over the continent's prospects has been replaced by widespread "Afropessimism." But to what extent is either view well founded? Democratic Reform in Africa plumbs the key issues in the contemporary African experience—including intrastate conflict, corruption, and the development of civil society—highlighting    More >

Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress

Politics in Francophone Africa

Victor T. Le Vine

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! The fourteen countries in west and equatorial Africa that formed the heart of what was once France's African colonial empire?all independent now for more than four decades?still retain French as an official language, remain attached to French culture, and maintain political links with France. Each country, however, has developed its own distinctive brand of    More >

Politics in Francophone Africa

Crafting the New Nigeria: Confronting the Challenges

Robert I. Rotberg, editor

Is Nigeria, with its vast wealth in both human and natural resources, on the path to realizing its enormous potential? Or is it in danger of becoming a failed state? Crafting the New Nigeria considers the challenges that the country's leadership now faces, offering rich—and sobering—analyses of Nigeria's current political and economic systems.    More >

Crafting the New Nigeria: Confronting the Challenges

Subnationalism in Africa: Ethnicity, Alliances, and Politics

Joshua B. Forrest

The trend toward subnationalist autonomy—and away from the development of singular, state-centric political systems based on the Western model—is one of the most striking phenomena in Africa today. Joshua Forrest analyzes the expansion of ethnic subnationalist movements in the postcolonial period, the reasons behind their growth, and their implications for African politics. Forrest    More >

Subnationalism in Africa: Ethnicity, Alliances, and Politics

From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa's Evolving Security Challenges

Mwesiga Baregu and Christopher Landsberg, editors

From the ongoing war in Angola, to sporadic instability in Zimbabwe and Lesotho, to the conflict in Congo, to issues of land reform and the ravages of AIDS, southern Africa faces varied and complex threats to its peace and security. The authors of From Cape to Congo assess the region's major security challenges, as well as the roles of local, regional, and external actors in managing them.    More >

From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa's Evolving Security Challenges

Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization

Dele Olowu and James S. Wunsch
with contributions by Joseph Ayee, Gerrit M. Deslooverer, Simon Fass, Dan Ottemoeller, and Paul Smoke

Why have some decentralization reforms led to viable systems of local governance in Africa, while others have failed? Exploring this question, the authors outline the key issues involved, provide historical context, and identify the factors that have encouraged or discouraged success.   Detailed studies of seven African states are grounded in a common analytical framework, one that    More >

Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization

Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension

Peter Vale

In this analysis of South Africa's postapartheid security system, Peter Vale moves beyond a realist discussion of interacting states to examine southern Africa as an integrated whole.   Vale argues that, despite South Africa's manipulation of state structures and elites in the region for its own ends, the suffering endured under the apartheid regime drew the region together at the popular    More >

Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension

Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model?

Lyn S. Graybill

Was South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) a "miracle" that depended on the unique leadership of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu? Or does it provide a working model for other traumatized nations? Addressing these questions, Lyn Graybill explores the political origins, theological underpinnings, and major achievements of the world's most ambitious truth    More >

Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model?

Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States

Herbert M. Howe

This original work examines three potential options for increasing state security in contemporary Africa: regional military groupings, private security companies, and a continent-wide, professional peacekeeping force. Howe explores these alternatives within the larger context of why African militaries have proven incapable of handling new types of insurgency; how the failed intervention in    More >

Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

Gilbert M. Khadiagala and Terrence Lyons, editors

This comprehensive treatment of the interplay between domestic and international politics analyzes efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The authors' nuanced analysis of foreign policy issues and themes traverses the continent, identifying patterns of change, examining constraints, and giving careful    More >

African Foreign Policies: Power and Process

State Legitimacy and Development in Africa

Pierre Englebert

Now Available in Paperback! Although it typically is taken for granted that African economies perform poorly, it is less well known that there are a small but significant number of success stories on the continent. What accounts for Africa's average stagnation, and for the wide regional variations in developmental fortunes? Englebert argues with compelling statistics and the liberal use of    More >

State Legitimacy and Development in Africa

Policing Africa: Internal Security and the Limits of Liberalization

Alice Hills

The use and abuse of political power in Africa has been closely related to the role and function of the police. Alice Hills explores the impact of the cautious moves toward liberalization across the continent both on policing systems and on the relationship between those systems and national development. Hills engages contemporary debates on security sector reform, governance, law and justice,    More >

Legislative Politics in the Arab World: The Resurgence of Democratic Institutions

Abdo Baaklini, Guilain Denoeux, and Robert Springborg

The vitality and significance of parliaments in the Arab world is one of the essential—but overlooked—stories of political life in the 1990s. Baaklini, Denoeux, and Springborg present the first comprehensive, comparative analysis of modern Arab legislatures. Drawing on their extensive experience as both scholars and project consultants, the authors Yemen). Their work is of critical    More >

State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa

Richard Joseph, editor

This seminal volume explores the most important dimensions of state formation and erosion, social conflict, and the gains and setbacks in democratization in contemporary Africa. The results of nearly a decade of research, reflection, and collegial interaction, the collection delineates the dominant patterns of political restructuring since the upheavals of the early 1990s.      More >

State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa

Minorities and the State in the Arab World

Ofra Bengio and Gabriel Ben-Dor, editors

Questions of identity and ethnicity have always been part of the intricate web of politics in the Arab World, but the recent expansion of political participation has made these issues more political, more visible, and more acute. This book offers a comprehensive discussion of minorities and ethnic politics in eight Arab countries. Focusing on the strategic political choices made by minorities,    More >

Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa, 3rd Edition

Naomi Chazan, Peter Lewis, Robert A. Mortimer, Donald Rothchild, and Stephen John Stedman

Recognized as the textbook on African politics, as well as an excellent resource for scholars, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa analyzes the complexities and diversities of the African continent since independence. The authors provide a basic knowledge of political events; political structures, processes, problems, and trends; political economy; and international relations. Clearly    More >

Japan's Navy: Politics and Paradox

Peter J. Woolley

Japan’s navy, after that of the United States, is now the most potent in the Pacific Ocean. This book examines the development and potential of the Japanese navy in the context of the U.S.–Japan alliance. Woolley presents Japan’s coming of age as a military—primarily naval—power in a series of case studies on sea-lane defense, minesweeping, and participation in UN    More >

The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, 2nd edition

Bill Freund

The Making of Contemporary Africa provides a succinct introduction to the history of modern Africa, incorporating a refreshing reinterpretation of developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as a critical appraisal of the best scholarship of recent years. This second edition is fully updated, with two new chapters focusing on the revolutionary process in southern Africa and on    More >

Transition Without End: Nigerian Politics and Civil Society Under Babangida

Larry Diamond, Anthony Kirk-Greene, and Oyeleye Oyediran, editors

Since 1986, Nigeria has been struggling without success to return to a civilian, democratic form of government: as political parties, presidential candidates, economic reform programs, and top military officers have come and gone, the country has become mired in an authoritarian limbo, a transition without end. This wide-ranging study examines the rise and fall of democratic transition and    More >

Civil Society and the State in Africa

John W. Harbeson, Donald Rothchild, and Naomi Chazan, editors

This seminal book examines the potential value of the concept of civil society for enhancing the current understanding of state-society relations in Africa. The authors review the meanings of civil society in political philosophy, as well as alternative theoretical approaches to employing the concept in African settings. Considering both the patterns of emerging civil society in Africa and issues    More >

Collapsed States: The Disintegration and Restoration of Legitimate Authority

I. William Zartman, editor

The collapse of states—a phenomenon that goes far beyond rebellion or the change of regimes to involve the literal implosion of structures of authority and legitimacy—has until now received little scholarly attention, despite the fact that a number of states have actually ceased to exist as entities in the aftermath of the collapse of the dominant international system. The authors of    More >

African Politics and Problems in Development

Richard L. Sklar and C.S. Whitaker

These essays are the work of two scholars who have been closely associated with the field of African studies and with one another for more than three decades. During this period, each in his own way dissented from formulations associated with modernization and functionalist theories, which were pervasive when they began their studies. In major books, Sklar explored the political implications of    More >

Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy

John L. Hirsch

Sierra Leone's bitter experience with civil war garnered international attention only after the May 1997 coup, though the conflict between the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and successive governments had raged for at least a decade— against the backdrop of more than three decades of progressive state collapse. John Hirsch traces Sierra Leone's downward spiral, drawing on his first-hand    More >

Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy