Politics in Africa: A New Introduction

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Democracy, prosperity and self-rule: this was the vision of African independence. The founding father of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, claimed: "with self government, we'll transform Africa into a paradise in ten years." A mere 50 years later, Nkrumah's assurance seems no more than a distant dream. Across the continent, the "optimism" that characterized the immediate post-independence period has largely faded. Meanwhile, ordinary Africans lurch between undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying traditional African past. How did things go so wrong? Why has the continent lagged behind others in economic development despite its potential natural resources? Why are so many African states prone to conflict? And why has democracy been slow to take root in a majority of the countries? The answers to these questions lie in complex interconnections between politics and society, between domestic and external forces. Politics in Africa offers a fresh perspective that makes the continent's problems more understandable, less wretched and even intensely hopeful. In doing so, it shows how many facets of traditional African values endure and that, despite unimaginable hardship, the continent is not a hopeless or even a sad place.

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Nana K. Poku is the John Ferguson Professor of African Studies at the University of Bradford. Anna Mdee is Deputy Director of the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for Africa Studies (JEFCAS) and also Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the School of Social & International Studies at the University of Bradford.

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"I highly recommend this book as an insightful and well referenced commentary on key issues in our modern African society, and  its colonial and post-Independence history. It will be of great value to Africans and non-Africans alike, with an interest in how politics shapes our lives." --  Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia "A superb introduction to some of the most critical political challenges facing Africa today. It offers a clear and coherent discussion of the complexities of, and linkages between, Africa's past and present. An excellent addition to our understanding of African society." -- Pascoal Mocumbi, former Prime Minister of Mozambique "A lucid introduction to the political dilemmas facing contemporary Africa." -- Professor Patrick Chabal, King's College London "There is a surprising amount packed into the pages of this short book. Weighing colonial legacies in the scale against post-colonial exigencies, the authors manage to serve up an account that is fresh, provocative and eminently readable. It provides an excellent starting point for anyone in search of a better understanding of contemporary Africa." -- Professor Paul Nugent, University of Edinburgh
 

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