About the Author
Patrick Chabal, who trained in political science at Harvard, Columbia and Cambridge universities, is Professor at the University of London (King's College London). His latest book, co-authored with Jean-Pascal Daloz, is: Culture Troubles: politics and the interpretation of meaning (2006). Ulf Engel, Dr. phil. (1993) and habilitation (1999) in political science, University of Hamburg, is Professor of Politics in Africa at the University of Leipzig. He has published on African politics, the continent's international relations and conflict prevention / peace-building. Leo de Haan is geographer by training and published widely on African livelihoods. He directed research at universities if Amsterdam and Nijmegen and is currently director of the African Studies Centre Leiden and professor in African development.