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The Criminalization of the State in Africa (African Issues) Paperback – 21 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: James Currey; First Edition reprint edition (21 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852558120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852558126
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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The extent to which the trends identified in this book grow or diminish in importance and geographical extent seems to be a major determinant of the future of African politics. - John A. Wiseman in THE JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRCAN STUDIES It is without doubt concerned with a topic of great importance, about which much is rumoured but little of analytical substance is written ... These are difficult questions and the authors must be applauded for having attempted to make sense of their complexities. - Patrick Chabal in INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS What is positive about this book is that it not only presents a number of cases but also shows their historical, economic and cultural connections. The present problems are seen from a wide perspective stemming from precolonial and colonial situations as well as the situations created by independence struggles and the reign of nationalistic governments. What is suggested is that all this should be viewed in the light of historical continuity rather than discontinuity. AFRICA THEOLOGICAL JOURNAL

About the Author

Jean-François Bayart is Director of the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationals, Paris.

Stephen Ellis is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre at Leiden and former editor of Africa Confidential.

Béatrice Hibou is a Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique attached to the Centre d'Etudes d'Afrique Noir, Bordeaux.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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