Post-liberation politics in Africa: Examining the political legacy of struggle

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Abstract

This article examines the politics of African states in which insurgencies or liberation movements have taken control of the government. It analyses the impact on governance of reforms introduced by these post-liberation regimes, their relations with traditional authorities and civil society and relationships within and between competing guerrilla movements. It interrogates the nature of the state that emerges from this process. The 'post-liberation' state label is argued to be both meaningful and useful, as part of a larger project of exploring and explaining the post-colonial African state, highlighting debates about representation, citizenship and nation building. While post-liberation regimes have advantages in implementing state building projects, they are also subject to contestation when the new state institutions and regime incumbents become too exclusivist or predatory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1101
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2006

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