State Power, Autarchy, and Political Conquest in Nigerian Federalism

State Power, Autarchy, and Political Conquest in Nigerian Federalism

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This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the evolutionary path of Nigeria's political development. Drawing from the historical themes that existed before and after independence, Kalu N. Kalu elucidates the challenging role of an oil-dependent economy in the struggle for control of state power in the face of political corruption, clientelism, and market failures.
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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 26mm | 498.95g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119567
  • 9780739119563

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Contents Chapter 2 Figures Chapter 3 Tables Chapter 4 Acronyms Chapter 5 Political Map of Nigeria Chapter 6 Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 7 1. Introduction: A Prolegomenon on State and Governance Chapter 8 2. Analytical Frameworks of State Formation Chapter 9 3. History and Evolutionary Schisms Chapter 10 4. Restless Federalism: Critical Arguments on Conflict and Governance Chapter 11 5. The Geopolitics of Religion: Conflated Origins of Ethnic Crisis Chapter 12 6. The Praetorian Orthodoxy: Pathways to Civic Soldiering Chapter 13 7. Rentier Politics: The Confluence of Power and Economics Chapter 14 8. The Garrison State: Bridging Civil-Military Transitions Chapter 15 9. Elections and Electioneering: On the Democratic Deficit Chapter 16 10. The Niger Delta: A Platform Under Duress Chapter 17 11. Constitutionalism and Political Development Chapter 18 12. Embedding African Democracy and Development: The Imperative of Institutional Capital Chapter 19 Appendix A: Roll Call and Votes for the 2007 Presidential Elections Chapter 20 Appendix B: Note from Robert A. Dahl
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Kalu is a prolific author with wide-ranging interests....Recommended. * CHOICE, January 2009 * Kalu N. Kalu's State Power, Autarchy, and Political Conquest in Nigerian Federalism boldly challenges the established wisdom that ethnicity drives conflict and holds back Nigeria, pushing us instead to look at what he sees as the structural defects in the Nigerian federation, for which he prescribes a consociational remedy. This timely book offers an extensive survey of the literatures on Nigerian history, political economy, democracy, political culture, and ethno-religious conflicts to give us multiple perspectives on the multifaceted problems preventing progress in Nigerian political development. Through this, he gives readers much to consider on what the proper crafting of political institutions would entail if democracy is to survive in Nigeria, with implications for Africa writ large. Constitutional scholars will find Kalu's line-by-line commentary on the Nigerian Constitution of particular interest. -- Darren Kew, associate professor, University of Massachusetts-Boston
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About Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

Kalu N. Kalu is associate professor of political science at Auburn UniversityDMontgomery. He is coeditor (with Andrew and Nada Kakabadse, of Cranfield University and the University of Northampton, UK, respectively) of Citizenship: A Reality Far From Ideal (Palgrave-Macmillan Publishers, forthcoming 2009).
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