By Goran Hyden
This publication reports fifty years of study on politics in Africa. It synthesizes insights from diverse scholarly ways and gives an unique interpretation of the data collected through the years. It discusses how study on African politics relates the learn of politics in different areas and mainstream theories in Comparative Politics. It specializes in such key concerns because the legacy of a circulate method of political swap, the character of the country, the economic climate of a position, the coverage deficit, the agrarian query, gender and politics and ethnicity and clash.
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Comparing the African voters in the early days of independence with the portrait of their American counterparts provided by the most influential study on the topic at the time (Campbell et al. 1960), Zolberg saw some similarity: regardless of cultural context, the voters would respond to the most powerful available stimulus, whether it was personality or ideology that attracted them. He laments the fact that no empirical study was carried out in West Africa to further probe this issue, but it is worth noting here that my own study on the subject in northwestern Tanzania in the mid-1960s confirmed two important things: one that supports Zolberg’s thesis, another that complements it.
Although foreign aid had begun already at independence, it was only in the late 1960s and early 1970s that it became P1: ndz 0521856167c02 CB938B/Hyden The Movement Legacy 0 521 85616 7 October 26, 2005 16:53 33 a major feature of African development. Foreign aid was viewed as first and foremost a government-to-government transfer. Most of it went straight from one treasury to another with few, if any, questions asked. For instance, no one really questioned whether the state in African countries had the capacity to play the same role that it had in Western Europe after 1945.
Most of them ended up in the United Kingdom, Canada, or the United States. His maniacal behavior in power, however, went too far when he decided in 1978 to invade the northwestern corner of Tanzania, claiming that it was part of Uganda. Together with groups of Ugandan fighters resisting Amin, the Tanzanian army fought the invaders back, and forced the tyrant into exile in Saudi Arabia in April 1979 after six months of hostilities. The lesson from Uganda is that even when the nationalist movement collapsed because of inadequate leadership, its legacy of political supremacy continued.
African Politics in Comparative Perspective by Goran Hyden