The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 63: Politics in African States
In more than one regard, the academic discussion about politics in Africa2 is still marked by post-colonialism. Not only is the discussion dominated by scholars of non-African origin, it is also still divided by language barriers, and it is still not free of sweeping arguments about economic backwardness, deficiencies that outsiders need to work on, and a heavy internationalization of politics that recalls the colonial age. There is furthermore an ongoing debate about the role of colonialism for the current state and problems of African societies (e.g. Omeje, 2015; Young, 2012) and also one about the forms of colonial rule and the part African actors played in it (e.g. Bayart, 2010; ...