Black Africa pp 121-172 | Cite as

Political Development

  • Donald George Morrison
  • Robert Cameron Mitchell
  • John Naber Paden


Political developments in Black African states in the post-independence period have prompted confusion, despair and insecurity among those interested in the area. The well-justified approval of the “liberation” of African peoples from colonial regimes gave rise to optimism about the unity and legitimacy of victorious nationalist leaders and movements, and obscured the profound obstacles to subsequent development in these new states. In the euphoria of anti-colonial nationalism, the ideological and institutional superstructures of the new nations—the vaunted aspirations for self-determination, neutralism, positive action, African unity and African socialism, the new elites, political parties, and elections—attracted attention and admiration. But ‘the tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living,” and names, battle cries and costumes borrowed from the spirits of the past1 quickly distorted the promise of the new political kingdom.


Political Party Armed Force Ivory Coast Political Instability Political Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald George Morrison
    • 1
  • Robert Cameron Mitchell
    • 2
  • John Naber Paden
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard University Office of Information TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityUSA
  3. 3.George Mason UniversityUSA

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