Course Overview

This course examines theoretically and empirically the government and politics of Africa. The study of African states and their internal politics necessarily involves the study of governance, governing ideologies, forms of ethnic and political pluralism, monopolisation of political and economic power, popular resistance to power, convergences with and fractures from international society, chronic underdevelopment and maltreatment of citizens, the emergence of active polities and violence. The course will address themes such as the African nation-state, personal rule, military-civil relations, state-civil society relations, the Washington Consensus, Structural Adjustment Programmes to mention but a few.