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By Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

This publication provides an unique and demanding evaluate of Africa's assorted political economies which takes under consideration modern crises, present analyses, old insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new info, it proposes a unique framework for research which include type coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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Notions of 'development' couched in vague and normative terms will not be sufficient to ensure African policy-making elites the 32 The State in Africa co-operation of the rest of the community. Again as Hyden notes, 'development' when seen in historical perspective has always been at the expense of the peasantry; it is therefore only natural that they should try to resist it. The relationship between government and peasantry is not as utilitarian as we might assume. Central bureaucracies in Africa often have very little to offer the peasantries of their societies and it is for this reason that coercion is equally often a major element of the relationship between bureaucrat and peasant.

14. See the review of these changes in Donal Cruise O'Brien, 'Modernisation, Order and the Erosion of a Democratic Jdeal',Journal of Development Studies 8(2) 1972, 351-78. 15. Most notably, Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (London: Bogle l'Ouverture, 1972); and Samir Amin, 'Underdevelopment and Dependence in Black Africa - Origins and Contemporary Forms', Journal of Modern African Studies 10(4) 1972, 503-24, and Neo-Colonialism in West Africa (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973). 16. See note 5.

Yet no new states have been created by a successful secession of a region of an existing state, and no state has as yet disappeared through a process of incorporation by force into a larger one. There would appear to be no major reason for a dramatic change in this situation in the foreseeable future. The state of the game has not, however, been permanently frozen. While we might ignore the more alarmist predictions of those who suggest the continent's imminent fragmentation into a 'before and flood' style anarchy on the one hand, or the Utopian - albeit now somewhat muted - calls of the early Pan-africanists on the other hand, there are some tendencies that should be taken seriously.

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