The State of the Nations: Constraints on Development in Independent Africa

Author:   Michael F. Lofchie
Publisher:   University of California Press
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9780520303997


Pages:   316
Publication Date:   08 March 2019
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The State of the Nations: Constraints on Development in Independent Africa


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The State of the Nations is a collection of essays evaluating the political, social, and economic development of independent African states in the 1960s. The effort to employ the notion of constraint as a conceptual tool in analyzing African politics reflects an attempt to move away from evaluative terms such as development and modernization or decay and breakdown. Development, which has an implicit suggestion of social progress and constitutional government, seems inappropriate for the study of the wide array of political phenomena found in African states. Terms such as breakdown and decay--with an equally broad suggestion of disruption, disunity, and instability--seem equally inappropriate. The vantage point of the authors in this volume is primarily political, but their understanding of African development encompasses the social and economic spheres as well. The constraints that impede achievement of African objectives are varied, and many, of course, are not political. Geographical factors, for example, are supremely relevant in accounting for the availability of natural resources. The principal justification for emphasizing political rather than other constraints is the extent to which political will and political action can stimulate development in spite of other obstacles. Contributors: Jonathan Barker Henry Bienen Barbara Callaway Emily Card Martin R. Doornbos Rupert Emerson R. Cranford Pratt Richard E. Stryker Immanuel Wallerstein Claude E. Welch M. Crawford Young This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1971.

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Author:   Michael F. Lofchie
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9780520303997


ISBN 10:   0520303997
Pages:   316
Publication Date:   08 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Michael F. Lofchie is Associate Dean for Social Science, former Chair of the Department of Political Science, and a specialist in comparative politics and African studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Zanzibar: Background to Revolution.

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