Politics in Francophone Africa

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004 - History - 425 pages
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The fourteen countries in west and equatorial Africa that formed the heart of what was once France's African colonial empire - all independent now for more than four decades - still retain French as an official language, remain attached to French culture, and maintain political links with France. Each country, however, has developed its own distinctive brand of politics. Victor Le Vine traces the political evolution of these countries, exploring the elements that have shaped their particular political dynamics while allowing them to remain part of a unique francophone sociopolitical community. Le Vine's provocative discussion of topics ranging from the colonial context, political culture, and religion to redemocratization, informal politics, and international relations offers a comprehensive, unique perspective on the workings of this relatively little-known group of states.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Human and Geographical Contexts of Politics
11
The Colonial Context
29
Political Life and Institutions 19441960
61
Political Cultures
87
Ethnicity Religion and National Politics
161
Experiments in Power 19582003
201
Redemocratization
241
Francophone Africa in the Global Arena
337
Principal Ethnic Groups 358
361
African National Conferences Political Events
367
Freedom House Ratings 20012002
377
Principal French Cooperation Accords with African
384
Index
415
About the Book
425
Copyright

Rulers and Leaders
271

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