This state-of-the-art introduction to contemporary African politics has been carefully designed to provide not only thorough coverage of the full range of core topics, but also an awareness and understanding of key theoretical issues and controversies. Drawing on their extensive teaching and fieldwork experience, Pierre Englebert and Kevin Dunn offer: A straightforward, accessible style, making even complex ideas easy to understandA balanced approach, exposing multiple perspectives on contested issuesA focus on both states and citizens, politics from above and belowDiscussions of existing policies, as well as policy implications of different approachesAn abundance of rich data and illustrative examplesThe authors also highlight the contributions of African experiences to broader knowledge in the areas of comparative politics and international relations. Their book will serve both as an essential text and as a long term resource for students and scholars alike.
Pierre Englebert is professor of political science at Pomona College, USA. He is author of the award-winning Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow and State Legitimacy and Development in Africa. Kevin C. Dunn is associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA. His recent publications include The Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship, and Conflict and African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine.