Bates, Robert H.

When things fell apart : state failure in late-century Africa / Robert H. Bates. - New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008. - xiv, 191 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm. - Cambridge studies in comparative politics . - Cambridge studies in comparative politics. .

Acknowledgments -- Part 1: Introduction -- 1: Introduction -- 2: From fable to fact -- Part 2: Sowing The Seeds -- 3: Political legacies -- 4: Policy choices -- 6: Subnational tensions -- Part 3: Things Fall Apart -- 6: Things fall apart -- 7: Conclusion -- Part 4: Appendix -- Cross-national regressions -- Bibliography -- Index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-186) and index.

Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction ; 2. From fable to fact -- Part II. Sewing the Seeds: 3. Political legacies ; 4. Policy choices ; 5. Subnational tensions -- Part III. Things Fell Apart: 6. Things fell apart: 7. Conclusion -- Part IV. Appendix.

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From the Publisher: In the later decades of the 20th century, Africa plunged into political chaos. States failed, governments became predators, and citizens took up arms. In When Things Fell Apart, Robert H. Bates advances an explanation of state failure in Africa. In so doing, he not only plumbs the depths of the continent's late-century tragedy, but also the logic of political order and the foundations of the state. This book covers a wide range of territory by drawing on materials from Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, and Congo. Written to be accessible to the general reader, it is nonetheless a must-read for scholars and policy makers concerned with political conflict and state failure.




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Failed states--History--Africa--20th century.


Africa--Politics and government--20th century.

JC328.7 / .B38 2008

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