Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument
Provides a political analysis of sub-Saharan Africa. Explores the roles of the state, civil society and the political elite and demonstrates a growing trend towards the informalization of politics. Examines politics from a cultural perspective, focusing on the extent to which issues of identity, religious beliefs and violence impinge on society. Analyses the political aspects of Africa's economic failure, highlighting the roles of corruption and dependence, and questions whether development is in fact a priority. Discusses the concept of the political instrumentalization of disorder.