Politics in Francophone Africa

Politics in Francophone Africa

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The fourteen countries in west and equatorial Africa that formed the heart of what was once France's African colonial empire - all independent now for more than four decades - still retain French as an official language, remain attached to French culture, and maintain political links with France. Each country, however, has developed its own distinctive brand of politics. Victor Le Vine traces the political evolution of these countries, exploring the elements that have shaped their particular political dynamics while allowing them to remain part of a unique francophone sociopolitical community. Le Vine's provocative discussion of topics ranging from the colonial context, political culture, and religion to "redemocratization," informal politics, and international relations offers a comprehensive, unique perspective on the workings of this relatively little-known group of states.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 425 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 25.4mm
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • Illustrations, map
  • 1588262499
  • 9781588262493

Table of contents

Introduction. Contexts, Subtexts, And Pretexts. The Physical and Human Contexts of Politics. The Colonial Context. Political Life and Institutions, 1944-1960. Political Cultures. Ideology and Political Style. Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics. Structures, Processes, And Power. Experiments in Power, 1958-2003. "Redemocratization." Rulers and Leaders. In the Shadow of the State. Connections. Francophone Africa in the Global Arena. Is There a Future for Francophone Africa? Appendix. Basic Political Data on the Fourteen States.show more

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"A masterly analysis.... Le Vine not only provides important insight into the politics of some very understudied countires, but also makes a highly persuasive case for recognizing what is distinctive about the political experiences of those countries with a French colonial background." - Leonardo VillaIon; "An exceptionally well-informed perspective on one of the most intriguing 'regions' of the continent." - James F. Barnes"show more