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Routledge Handbook of African Politics

Edited by Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson, Andrea Scheibler

Routledge – 2013 – 440 pages

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    March 8th 2013


Providing a comprehensive and cutting edge examination of this important continent, Routledge Handbook of African Politics surveys the key debates and controversies, dealing with each of the major issues to be found in Africa’s politics today.

Structured into 6 broad areas, the handbook features over 30 contributions focused around:

  • The State
  • Identity
  • Conflict
  • Democracy and Electoral Politics
  • Political Economy & Development
  • International Relations

Each chapter deals with a specific topic, providing an overview of the main arguments and theories and explaining the empirical evidence that they are based on, drawing on high-profile cases such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. The Handbook also contains new contributions on a wide range of topical issues, including terrorism, the growing influence of China, civil war, and transitional justice, making it required reading for non-specialists and experts alike.

Featuring both established scholars and emerging researchers, this is a vital resource for all students of African Studies, democratization, conflict resolution and Third World politics.


The publication of the Routledge Handbook of African Politics is a major event for the discipline of African Studies. Edited by Nic Cheeseman, David Anderson and Andrea Scheibler, the book brings together a remarkable group of established scholars and emerging researchers…The handbook gives ‘new arrivals’ of African politics a functional introduction to the rich and broad-ranging debates and findings of the decades-long scholarship in this area and should encourage students to read more and analyse and discuss African politics in all its variety.- Dr Jörg Wiegratz is a Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds.

"The volume benefits from the fine editorial hands of Nic Cheeseman and his associates, and its cast of contributors represents some of the best Africanist and African area social scientists and subject specialists located in North American, European, and African research institutions and universities…Yet another virtue of the Handbook is the scope many of the chapters allow for the interplay of global macro-level political and economic factors and developments and domestic macro, and sometimes, micro politics, which leads to richly textured and nuanced analysis and intellectually credible conclusion" E. GYIMAH-BOADI, Center for Democratic Development (Ghana), Afrobarometer, and University of Ghana (Legon).

"will doubtlessly become an important reference point for the field and an authority for students" Carl Death, University of Manchester, UK

"Entertaining, interesting and well-argued, this Handbook should provide essential reading for students of African politics." Ian Cooke, The British Library.


An Introduction to African Politics David M. Anderson and Nic Cheeseman Section 1: The Politics of the State 1. Nationalism, One-Party States, and Military Rule Nic Cheeseman 2. Federalism and Decentralization Rotimi T. Suberu 3. The Rule of Law and the Courts Peter VonDoepp 4. Security and the Privatization of Force and Violence Rita Abrahamsen 5. Neopatrimonialism and Political Regimes Gero Erdmann 6.The Informal Practices of Civil Servants Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan Section 2: The Politics of Identity 7. Class Politics Bill Freund 8. The Politics of Ethnicity Gabrielle Lynch 9. Autochthony and the Politics of Belonging Peter Geschiere 10. Religion and Politics Stephen Ellis and Gerrie ter Haar 11. Muslim Politics in West Africa Leonardo A. Villalón 12.Women in Politics Amina Mama Section 3: The Politics of Conflict 13. Civil War Philip Roessler 14. Oil Politics Ricardo Soares de Oliveira 15. Power-Sharing Andreas Mehler 16. Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Devon Curtis 17. Transitional Justice after Atrocity Phil Clark Section 4: Democracy & Electoral Politics 18. Electoral Authoritarianism and Multi-Party Politics Nicolas van de Walle 19. The Power of Elections Staffan I. Lindberg 20. Emerging Legislatures Joel D. Barkan 21. Political Parties Matthijs Bogaards 22. Public Opinion and Democratic Consolidation Michael Bratton Section 5: Political Economy & Development 3. id, Trade, Investment, and Dependency Martin Williams 24. Social Policy Jeremy Seekings 25. NGOs Michael Jennings 26. The Economy of Affection Göran Hydén 27. The Politics of Development Tim Kelsall Section 6: International Relations 28. Africa and the Global Economy Richard E. Mshomba 29. Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration Gilbert M. Khadiagala 30. Terrorism, Security, and the State Ken Menkhaus 31. Democracy Promotion Stephen Brown 32. China and Africa Chris Alden     

Author Bio

Nic Cheeseman is University Lecturer in African Politics at the University of Oxford, joint editor of African Affairs, and founder of

David M. Anderson is Professor of African Politics at the University of Warwick.

Andrea Scheibler is a DPhil candidate in African History at the University of Oxford, and a member of St Hugh's College.

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