Beyond State Crisis?: Post-Colonial Africa and Post-Soviet Eurasia in Comparative Perspective

Beyond State Crisis?: Post-Colonial Africa and Post-Soviet Eurasia in Comparative Perspective

By: M. Crawford Young (editor), Mark R. Beissinger (editor)Hardback

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This book compares sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, two regions beset by the breakdown of states suffering from extreme official corruption, organized crime extending into warlordism, and the disintegration of economic institutions and public institutions for human services. The contributors not only study state breakdown but also compare the consequences of post-communism with those of post-colonialism.

About Author

Mark Beissinger and M. Crawford Young are professors of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Part I Overview and Retrospective: 1. Introduction - Comparing State Crises Across Two Continents, Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young; 2. Convergence to Crisis - Pre-Independence State Legacies and Post-Independence State Breakdown in Africa and Eurasia, Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young. Part II Sovereignty, Violence, and War: 3. At the Edge of the World - Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty, Achille Mbembe; 4. Who is Strong When the State is Weak? - Violent Entreprenuership in Russia's Emerging Markets, Vadim Volkov; 5. Mafiya Trouble, Warlord Crises, Will Reno; 6. Weak State and Private Armies, Charles Fairbanks; 7. Civil Wars and State-Building in Africa and Eurasia, David Holloway and Stephen Stedman; 8. The Effects of Interstate Crisis on African Interstate Relations (With Eurasian Comparisons), Donald Rothchild. Part III Democratization and Political Economy: 9. Russia - Unconsolidated Democracy, Creeping Authoritarianism, or Unresolved Stagnation? Lilia Shevtsova; 10. War, State Making, and Democratization in Africa, Richard Joseph; 11. The East Goes South - International Aid and the Production of Convergence in Africa and Eurasia, Peter J. Stavrakis; 12. Economic Reform and the Discourse of Democracy in Africa - Resolving the Contradictions, Peter M. Lewis. Part IV State and Society: 13. Accomodating Ethnic Differences in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Gail W. Lapidus; 14. Beyond Cultural Domination - Institutionalizing Equity in the African State, Francis M. Deng; 15. Women and Political Change in Eurasia and Africa, Aili Mari Tripp. Part V Beyond State Crisis?: 16. Putting the State Back Together in Post-Soviet Georgia, Ghia Nodia; 17. After the Fall - State Rehabilitation in Uganda, Crawford Young; 18. Transcending the Crisis of the State in Africa and Post-Soviet Eurasia - Hopeless Chimera or Possible Dream?, Mark Beissinger and Crawford Young.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781930365070
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9781930365070
  • weight: 930
  • ISBN10: 1930365071

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