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The Precarious Balance: State And Society In Africa
The Precarious Balance: State And Society In Africa
Edited by Donald Rothchild and Naomi Chazan
Westview Press, 1988, 357 pp

A number of noted experts examine an increasingly fashionable question: what has become of the African state? The book takes a long and searching look at the relationships or parallels between states and informal economies. It does not, however, really deal directly with state and "society" in the sense of state interaction with communities. Most interesting are future-oriented essays on state organization, endurance of sovereignty, and international linkages by Kwame A. Niwsin, John Ravenhill and Timothy M. Shaw.