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Poku, Nana, 1971-
Politics in Africa : a new introduction / Nana K. Poku and Anna Mdee
London ; New York : Zed Books, c2011
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Subject Africa -- Politics and government -- 1960-
Physical Description 150 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Summary "Democracy, prosperity and self-rule, this was the vision of African independence. Across the continent, however, the 'optimism' that characterized the immediate post-independence period has largely faded. Meanwhile, ordinary Africans lurch between undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying traditional African past. How did things go so wrong? Why has the continent lagged behind others in economic development despite its potential natural resources? Why are so many African states prone to conflict? And why has democracy been slow to take root in a majority of the countries? Covering everything from African economies to the role of the state, rural livelihoods to issues of gender, 'Politics in Africa' offers a fresh perspective in answering these questions, making the continent's problems more understandable, less wretched and even intensely hopeful. Up-to-date, concise and provocative, this is indispensable reading for anyone interested in African politics."--P. [4] of cover
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [129]-143) and index
Contents Colonialism, racism and African resistance -- Instabilities, adjustment and renewal -- Food - insecure and vulnerable : the politics of African rural livelihoods -- Big men and little women : the politics of gender in Africa -- More than HIV/AIDS : the politics of health in Africa -- Conclusion : an African renaissance
Alternate Author Mdee, Anna

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