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The African State In Transition
The African State In Transition
Edited by Zaki Ergas
St. Martin's, 1987, 340 pp.

Although too often windily theoretical, this collection explores themes of real current interest, especially the uses-and failures-of coercion and participation in the functioning of African state institutions today. Notable are contributions by Donald Rothchild on mechanisms for control, Marina Ottaway on the prospects for socialism, and Carol Lancaster on causes and effects of economic crises.