States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control - Second Edition (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics #149) (Paperback)

States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control - Second Edition (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics #149) By Jeffrey Herbst, Jeffrey Herbst (Preface by) Cover Image
By Jeffrey Herbst, Jeffrey Herbst (Preface by)
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Theories of international relations, assumed to be universally applicable, have failed to explain the creation of states in Africa. There, the interaction of power and space is dramatically different from what occurred in Europe. In States and Power in Africa, Jeffrey Herbst places the African state-building process in a truly comparative perspective. Herbst's bold contention--that the conditions now facing African state-builders existed long before European penetration of the continent--is sure to provoke controversy, for it runs counter to the prevailing assumption that colonialism changed everything.

This revised edition includes a new preface in which the author links the enormous changes that have taken place in Africa over the past fifteen years to long-term state consolidation. The final chapter on policy prescriptions has also been revised to reflect the evolution of African and international responses to state failure.

About the Author


Jeffrey Herbst is president of Colgate University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780691164144
ISBN-10: 0691164142
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 21st, 2014
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics