Summary: How do political systems in Africa work? Is the "real" business of politics taking place outside the scope of standard political analysis, in an informal, more-personalized setting? How are the prospect: for reform and renewal in African societies affected by the emerging elite? Is "modernization" in Africa different? Are there within African countries social, political, and cultural factors which abet the continuation of patrimony and conspire ag ...show moreainst economic development?
Relations of power between rulers and the ruled continue to influence the role of the state and the expectations of the newly emphasized civil society. The question of identity, the resurgence of ethnicity and its attendant tribal politics, the growing importance of African religions, and the increasing tendency to resort to extreme and often ritualized violence in situations of civil disorder point to a process of "re-traditionalizing" in African societies. ...show less