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Routledge Handbook of African Politics

Edited by: Nic Cheeseman , David M. Anderson , Andrea Scheibler

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415573788
eBook ISBN: 9780203070680
Adobe ISBN: 9781135092429

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Book description

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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Nationalism, One-Party States, and Military Rule Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Federalism and Decentralization Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Rule of Law and the Courts Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Security and the Privatization of Force and Violence Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Neopatrimonialism and Political Regimes Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Informal Practices of Civil Servants Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Class Politics Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Politics of Ethnicity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Autochthony and the Politics of Belonging Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Religion and Politics Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Muslim Politics in West Africa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Women in Politics Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Oil Politics Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Power-Sharing Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Transitional Justice after Atrocity Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Electoral Authoritarianism and Multi-Party Politics Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Power of Elections Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Emerging Legislatures Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Political Parties Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Public Opinion and Democratic Consolidation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Aid, Trade, Investment, and Dependency Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Social Policy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  NGOs Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Economy of Affection Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Politics of Development Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Africa and the Global Economy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Terrorism, Security, and the State Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Democracy Promotion Download PDF
Chapter  32:  China and Africa Download PDF
An_introduction_to_African_politics Download PDF
eBooks Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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