Government and Politics in Africa

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Government and Politics in Africa

By William Tordoff
Indiana University Press, 1985
352 pp. $25.00

A British political scientist hazards an overview of African governance after 25 years of independence. Describing himself as a democratic socialist, he compares the performances of various African regimes on rather pragmatic criteria, within a schema leaning heavily on that set forth by Crawford Young in Ideology and Development; like Young, he finds that the "African capitalist" states have by and large outperformed the others. Tordoff's analysis is most useful for its reasoned examination of various fashionable political and developmental theories in terms of current facts.

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