Africa after the Cold War : new patterns of government and politics

TitleAfrica after the Cold War : new patterns of government and politics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsS.D.K. Ellis
Secondary TitleDevelopment and change
Pagination1 - 28
Date Published1996///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, democratization, institutional change, policy, political change, political economy, politics

Fundamental changes are taking place within the African State system which is still, in essence, the one created by the colonial powers and inherited at independence by the governments of modern Africa. Powerful forces in the industrialized world continue to have a crucial influence on events in the African continent. This paper identifies some of the key features of the emerging political economy of Africa, focusing on the manner in which external forces combine with internal ones in affecting Africa's politics. It pays attention, amongst others, to the importance of foreign aid as a source of revenue for African elites; the industrialized world's misperceptions of Africa; democratization and the decline of African States since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989; surviving patterns of precolonial political entities; new economic patterns in Africa; the policy of the industrialized world towards Africa and the role of African political elites now that, with the end of the Cold War, Africa has lost its global significance; the end of the Cold War as the real end of the colonial order in Africa and the intimate connection to the present crisis of African States; the collapse of African States and the world's policy of abandonment. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum

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