African Politics in Comparative Perspective by Goran Hyden

By Goran Hyden

This e-book reports fifty years of study on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from various scholarly ways and provides an unique interpretation of the data accrued through the years. It discusses how study on African politics relates the learn of politics in different areas and mainstream theories in Comparative Politics. It makes a speciality of such key matters because the legacy of a move method of political swap, the character of the country, the financial system of a position, the coverage deficit, the agrarian query, gender and politics and ethnicity and clash.

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It still runs Rwanda very much along the lines of a movement in which political considerations are supreme. The other two countries are Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Marxist-Leninist model of rule that prevailed in Ethiopia after the emperor had been overthrown in 1974 created its own opposition in exile and on the ground. The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), based in the northernmost provinces in Ethiopia, led this battle. These movements derived their inspiration from Maoist ideas about the power of the people.

9 In response to the new political circumstances that have emerged since the 1990s, some African governments have also been active in taking the initiative to create a better political and administrative framework for the region’s social and economic development. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is very ambitious in its effort to holistically and comprehensively tackle the continent’s many obstacles to development. More specifically, its priorities include (a) creating peace, security, and stability, (b) investing in people, (c) promoting industrialization, (d) increasing the use of information and communications technology, and (e) developing basic infrastructure.

Where politics dominates, economics takes the back seat. Such is the policy-making reality in African countries. Policy makers tend to make their decisions based on an expressive value rationality rather than on a more instrumentalist calculation of costs and benefits, feasibility, or sustainability. Chapter Six, The Policy Deficit, discusses how African officials approach policy and what its consequences tend to be. It provides an understanding of why policy in African countries rarely leaves behind a living legacy that society can build on and why African governments are not real policy governments.

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