Political Topographies of the African State
Territorial Authority and Institutional Choice
By (author) Catherine Boone
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Political Topographies of the African State by Catherine Boone
Book DescriptionThis 2003 study brings Africa into the mainstream of studies of state-formation in agrarian societies. Territorial integration is the challenge: institutional linkages and political deals that bind center and periphery are the solutions. In African countries, as in territorially diverse states around the world, rulers at the center are forced to bargain with regional elites to establish stable mechanisms of rule and taxation. Variation in regional forms of social organization make for differences in the interests and political strength of regional leaders who seek to maintain or enhance their power vis-...-vis their followers and subjects, and also vis-...-vis the center. The uneven political topography of the regions ultimately produces unevenness in the patterns and depth of center-region linkage. Six sub-regions of three West African countries - Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana - are the backbone of the study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521532648
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Catherine Boone
Property and Political Order in Africa, Paperback (February 2014)
This book analyzes the politics of land and the use of natural resources in Africa.
Merchant Capital and the Roots of State Power in Senegal, Paperback (November 2006)
A 1993 study of the ways in which the exercise of state power in Africa has inhibited economic growth, focusing on Senegal.
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This 2003 study brings Africa into the mainstream of studies of state-formation in agrarian societies.
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