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States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics) Paperback – 26 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (26 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010281
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Co-Winner of the 2001 Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award, Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association


"This ambitious and original book turns a comparative historical lens on state-building in Africa. . . . A brave effort to rethink some outdated approaches to fundamental problems."--Foreign Affairs

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"An original and intriguing book, which I read with the greatest interest. Herbst's argument is provocative and lucidly presented. This book will be read and debated not only by Africanists but also by others in the political science community. It is the most important and successful contribution to the literature on African politics since Jackson and Rosberg'sPersonal Rule in Black Africa."--Robert H. Bates, Harvard University, author ofOpen-Economy Politics: The Political Economy of the World Coffee Trade

"Herbst's arguments will excite controversy among students of African history and politics, who have built up an extensive story about European transformations of African politics. His analysis raises doubts about how deeply those transformations went; rather, he maintains that durable conditions of topography and social structure have long constrained African state formation. Herbst offers an integrated account of state formation, transformation, and deformation in sub-Saharan Africa."--Charles Tilly, Columbia University, author of Durable Inquality

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