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The Nigerian State

The Nigerian State

By William D. Graf

Heinemann, 1989, 281 pp.

This painstaking analysis proceeds chronologically, anatomizing Nigerian politics and political economy from colonial times, through the succession of civilian and military governments, to the present. The author argues compellingly that the monopoly through it all of Nigeria's "peripheral capitalist" elites over state power and resources has strangled the economy as well as greatly increasing inequality. While calling for any possible opposition that might break the recurring political cycle, he does not really seem to have a clear idea where it might come from.