The Palgrave Handbook of African Politics, Governance and Development

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
  • Toyin Falola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Theories and Concepts

  3. History and Contexts of Politics, Governance, Politics, and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Adelaja Odutola Odukoya
      Pages 173-186
    3. Maurice N. Amutabi
      Pages 187-202
    4. James Olusegun Adeyeri
      Pages 203-215
  4. The Military in Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. G. S. Mmaduabuchi Okeke
      Pages 219-242
    3. Richard Obinna Iroanya
      Pages 243-258
    4. Rotimi Ajayi, Yusuf Ibrahim
      Pages 259-275
    5. Browne Onuoha
      Pages 277-288

About this book


This handbook constitutes a single collection of well researched articles and essays on African politics, governance and development from the pre-colonial through colonial to the post-colonial eras. Over the course of these interconnected periods, African politics have evolved with varied experiences across different parts of the continent. As politics is embedded both in the economy and the society, Africa has witnessed some changes in politics, economics, demography and its relations with the world in ways that requires in-depth analysis. This work provides an opportunity for old and new scholars to engage in the universe of the debate around African politics, governance and development and will serve as a ready reference material for students, researchers, policy makers and investors that are concerned with these issues.


Africa Development Political economy Governance Democratic consolidation Elections

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.Thabo Mbeki African Leadership InstituteUniversity of South AfricaJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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