African Politics in Comparative Perspective by Goran Hyden

By Goran Hyden

This e-book studies fifty years of analysis on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from varied scholarly ways and provides an unique interpretation of the data collected through the years. It discusses how learn on African politics relates the examine of politics in different areas and mainstream theories in Comparative Politics. It specializes in such key concerns because the legacy of a stream method of political switch, the character of the nation, the economic system of a situation, the coverage deficit, the agrarian query, gender and politics and ethnicity and clash.

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This willingness and ability of the early nationalists to stand up to a stronger outside force has continued to appeal to subsequent generations of Africans. They set the tone for others to follow: the notion of the supremacy of politics in defense of colonized people. To the extent that we look for agency among African leaders, we should focus on their wish to conquer the political kingdom and reverse or oppose the agenda that has been set for them by outsiders, be they the colonial powers as in the past or members of the international community as in more recent years.

The leader of the opposition, Alassane Ouattara, himself from the north, has been accused of not being born to Ivoirian parents. Despite the fact that he has DNA evidence to prove his Ivoirian origin, he is not recognized as a legitimate leader of the opposition (Akind´es 2004). The result is that the political struggle is fought in the streets of the country’s major cities rather than in the national legislature. Much the same applies to Zimbabwe, where the political opposition is being forced to fight in the streets because of President Mugabe’s attempt to make this fight equivalent to previous liberation wars (chimurenga).

The international community no longer endorses everything they do, but they thrive in power by reinventing modes of governance that draw on both African and international sources. In this respect, these four leaders differ from some of the others who have applied the movement model to deal with their country’s domestic political P1: ndz 0521856167c02 CB938B/Hyden 0 521 85616 7 The Movement Legacy October 26, 2005 16:53 41 problems. President Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast has in recent years been forced to invent the notion of Ivoirit´e as a way of creating a new rallying point for support.

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