• Title: African Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • Author: Goran Hyden
  • Released: 2005-12-05
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 316
  • ISBN: 0521671949
  • ISBN13: 978-0521671941
  • ASIN: 0521671949
Review “"A most useful book that could be assigned for both graduate and undergraduate courses on African politics. Highly recommended.”" -Choice

"...In this synthetic work pulling together decades worth of scholarship, especially in his discipline of political science, Hyden puts forth his best efforts....Policymakers and journalists who find themselves dropped into Africa without any particular training should place this book on their shelves after reading it closely so that they can refer to it often." -Derek Catsam, Ph.D., Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

"This is a well-developed assessment of important themes in the study of African politics. With one very bold step, Hyden systematically integrates important aspects of the literature on African politics and society into the historically and theoretically rich Eurocentric tradition of state and society, which dominated the field of comparative politics in earlier decades." -Connie Anthony, Seattle University, African Studies Review

"African Politics in Comparative Perspective avoids the sort of confusing litany of superficial references to cases found in many texts on African politics." Canadian Journal of Political Science, Amy R. Poteete, Concordia University

Book Description By reviewing fifty rears of research on politics in Africa, this volume offers the most comprehensive text on this subject that has been written in many years. It also shows how research on African politics relates the study of politics in other regions of the world. More specifically, it deals with such key issues as the nature of the state, the informalization of politics, the problems associated with implementing policy, gender and ethnicity issues as well as the challenges to agricultural development on the African continent. The book concludes with a discussion of how these insights could be more effectively used to promote relevant political and policy reforms.

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