When Things Fell Apart: State Failure in Late-Century Africa
In the later decades of the 20th century, Africa plunged into political chaos. States failed, governments became predators, and citizens took up arms. In When Things Fell Apart, Robert H. Bates advances an explanation of state failure in Africa. In so doing, he not only plumbs the depths of the continent's late-century tragedy, but also the logic of political order and the foundations of the state. This book covers a wide range of territory by drawing on materials from Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, and Congo. Written to be accessible to the general reader, it is nonetheless a must-read for scholars and policy makers concerned with political conflict and state failure.
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Review: When Things Fell Apart: State Failure in Late-Century Africa (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)User Review - Dylan Groves - Goodreads
exceedingly clear. three takeaways: 1 - the core explanation of deteriorating public order in 1990's africa concerns the choice of political elites to protect wealth creation or predate, based on the ... Read full review
Review: When Things Fell Apart: State Failure in Late-Century Africa (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)User Review - Derrill Watson - Goodreads
I'm using this in my public choice class. The first two chapters set up the main principals and the others provide some reasonably supportive evidence. That later narrative jumps around a good deal, so it's hard to know where reality diverges from his theory. Read full review