Africa in World Politics

Constructing Political and Economic Order

Edited by John W. Harbeson and Donald Rothchild

Sixth Edition • December 13, 2016 • 384 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813350288 • $48.00 USD$62.50 CAN

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Africa in World Politics focuses on challenges African states face in constructing viable political economies in the face of familiar domestic challenges and an unprecedented mix of engagements, opportunities, and threats emanating from a turbulent and rapidly changing international order.

The sixth edition includes two new chapters, one on Nigeria and Boko Haram and a second on the influence of party politics on economic development. Revised chapters consider both the extent and the limits of continued healthy growth rates in many countries; the impacts of investments by China and other BRICS countries; plateaus and reversals in progress on human rights and democratization; dimensions of chronic state weakness deepened by insurgencies, including those connected to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State; and peacebuilding efforts struggling to uphold responsible sovereignty in the Sudan, the Great Lakes region, and elsewhere. Fully updated throughout, this text remains an invaluable resource for students of African politics seeking to navigate the continent’s complex political and economic landscapes.

John W. Harbeson is professor emeritus of political science in the Graduate School and at City College of the City University of New York and a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University.

The late Donald Rothchild was professor of political science at the University of California at Davis.

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Part I: The Contemporary Context in Historical Perspective
1. Constructing Political and Economic Order
John W. Harbeson, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

2. The Heritage of Colonialism
Crawford Young, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Part II: Building Viable Political Economies
3. Reflections on Africa’s Rocky Love-Hate Relationship with International Capital
Todd Moss, Center for Global Development

4. Entrepreneurial Governance and the Expansion of Public Investment Funds in Africa
M. Anne Pitcher, University of Michigan

5. The Sad Story of “Africa Rising” and the Continent’s Romance with the BRICS
Ian Taylor, University of St. Andrews

6. In Pursuit of Autonomy: Civil Society and the State in Africa
Aili Mari Tripp, University of Wisconsin–Madison

7. Democracy and the State in Sub-Saharan Africa
John W. Harbeson, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

Part III: In Search of Elusive State Reconstruction
8. The International Factor in African Warfare
William Reno, Northwestern University

9. Sudan and South Sudan: The Tragic Denouement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Princeton N. Lyman, US Institute of Peace

10. Instability in the Great Lakes Region
Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp

11. Boko Haram and Nigeria State Weakness
John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations

Part IV: Engaging the International Community Anew
12. The Diplomacy of African Conflicts
I. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

13. Bilateral vs. Multilateral Peacebuilding in Africa
Carrie Manning and Louis-Alexandre Berg, Georgia State University

14. The African Union’s Peace and Security Architecture—from Aspiration to Operationalization
Ulf Engel, University of Leipzig

15. Reconciling Sovereignty with Responsibility: A Basis for International Humanitarian Action
Francis M. Deng, United Nations

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Praise for Prior Editions

Africa in World Politics: Engaging a Changing Global Order provides essays from top scholars in the genre who consider the effects African issues and world politics have had upon each other…Very highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review

Africa in World Politics is a collection of incisive essays on the major issues of a resurgent but troubled continent. It will be of great value to students, researchers, and policymakers. The contributors constitute a ‘Dream Team’ of scholars, development experts, and diplomats. The wealth of information and analyses provided, along with many helpful tables and charts, is a fitting response to the growing interest in African affairs.”
—Richard Joseph, Northwestern University

“This book will serve as the starting point for those seeking a comprehensive and topical guide to the most critical developments on the continent. The contributions are up-to-date, extensively researched, and written by pre-eminent scholars. This edition has been carefully updated and covers emerging themes such as the AIDS crisis, the impact of the war on terrorism, and China’s markedly increased role on the continent. It will be welcomed by students of African international relations and politics.”
—Terrence Lyons, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

“The fourth edition of Africa in World Politics: Reforming Political Order is the latest iteration of a highly successful book that has chronicled major issues on the continent. This volume features a notable set of scholars and practitioners who examine some of the most important issues facing Africa, including democratization, globalization, AIDS, and terrorism. The authors draw attention to the recent good news from Africa but realistically account for the many challenges that remain. Africa in World Politics is a fitting tribute to Don Rothchild, reflecting his deep and broad interests in Africa.”
—Jeffrey Herbst, Provost, Miami University

“This fourth edition highlights anew the complexities of African international affairs. A worthy tribute to its co-editor, the late Donald Rothchild, the volume’s chapters, crafted by eminent and experienced authorities, explore every strata of influence and change in contemporary Africa’s engagement with the world. It offers insights on the post–Cold War dynamics of state building, democracy, conflict, alliances, and terrorism as shaped by domestic groups, national and foreign governments, NGOs, and intergovernmental agencies ranging from the AU and NEPAD to the World Bank and the UN. No important question is unaddressed.”
—Raymond F. Hopkins, Swarthmore College

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