By Goran Hyden

This booklet reports fifty years of analysis on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from varied scholarly techniques and gives an unique interpretation of the information amassed through the years. It discusses how study on African politics relates the examine of politics in different areas and mainstream theories in Comparative Politics. It makes a speciality of such key concerns because the legacy of a circulate method of political swap, the character of the nation, the financial system of a position, the coverage deficit, the agrarian query, gender and politics and ethnicity and clash.

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The more recent movements that have been created to deal with power challenges within African countries are of two kinds: (a) those that strive for a broad-based reform of the political regime inspired at least in part by a cosmopolitan outlook, and (b) those that face challenges to their power from within and as a result become reactive and vindictive, causing civil conflict. Movements in Africa are a mixed blessing; their legacy is both positive and negative. movements in perspective It is important to place the political movements in Africa in a comparative perspective.

Although this applied to some of the old nationalist leaders too, for example, Julius Nyerere and Jomo Kenyatta as well as Leopold Senghor and Felix Houphouet-Boigny, they were deemed to bring a more correct Western governance to their country. This does not mean that they agree with all the republican values that many outside observers wish to see put into practice in African countries as part of improved governance. For instance, they have been reluctant to let political parties be institutionalized at the expense of the control and influence that the movement enjoys.

In this respect, these four leaders differ from some of the others who have applied the movement model to deal with their country’s domestic political P1: ndz 0521856167c02 CB938B/Hyden 0 521 85616 7 The Movement Legacy October 26, 2005 16:53 41 problems. President Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast has in recent years been forced to invent the notion of Ivoirit´e as a way of creating a new rallying point for support. The problem is that the concept excludes a large part of the population in the Ivory Coast who lives in the northern part of the country.

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