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Neoliberal Globalisation and Resistance from Below: Why the Subalterns Resist in Bolivia and not in Ghana

Neoliberal Globalisation and Resistance from Below: Why the Subalterns Resist in Bolivia and not in Ghana

1st Edition

Jasper Abembia Ayelazuno
August 20, 2018

As bearers of their own emancipation, the political agency of the subaltern classes is a vexed question, a time-honoured one at that. Why do the subalterns endure injustices without revolting most of the time, but revolt sometimes against some injustices? The euphoria of ’globalisation-from-below’,...

Urban Politics After Apartheid

Urban Politics After Apartheid

1st Edition

Sandrine Gukelberger
June 11, 2018

Urban Politics After Apartheid presents an understanding of gendered urban politics in South Africa as an interactive process. Based on long-term fieldwork in the former townships 20 years after the end of apartheid, it provides an in-depth analysis of how activists and local politicians engage...

The Making of the Constitution of Kenya: A Century of Struggle and the Future of Constitutionalism

The Making of the Constitution of Kenya: A Century of Struggle and the Future of Constitutionalism

1st Edition

Charles O. Oyaya, Nana Poku
May 10, 2018

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, has gone through three sets of constitutional crises. The first related to the trauma of colonialism and struggle for independence. The second a period of constitutional dictatorship and the clamor for reform. The third, most recent crisis, being one of identity,...

Africa Under Neoliberalism

Africa Under Neoliberalism

1st Edition

Nana Poku, Jim Whitman
October 10, 2017

The period since the 1980s has seen sustained pressure on Africa’s political elite to anchor the continent’s development strategies in neoliberalism in exchange for vitally needed development assistance. Rafts of policies and programmes have come to underpin the relationship between continental...

Voice and Power in Africa's Democracy: Institutions, Participation and Accountability

Voice and Power in Africa's Democracy: Institutions, Participation and Accountability

1st Edition

Said Adejumobi
August 08, 2017

Africa has made notable progress in its nascent democracy but with uneven performance across countries. However, across the board, challenges abound. Central to Africa’s checkered democratic narrative is the weakness of its democratic institutions, participatory mechanisms and accountability...

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa: Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

1st Edition

Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
July 13, 2017

As an ethnic minority the Nubians of Kenya are struggling for equal citizenship by asserting themselves as indigenous and autochthonous to Kibera, one of Nairobi’s most notorious slums. Having settled there after being brought by the British colonial authorities from Sudan as soldiers, this appears...

State, Land and Democracy in Southern Africa

State, Land and Democracy in Southern Africa

1st Edition

Arrigo Pallotti, Corrado Tornimbeni
May 25, 2017

Each country in southern Africa has a unique history but in all of them socio-economic inequalities and high poverty levels weaken the governments’ legitimacy and represent a challenge to models of economic development. One key issue appears to be the solution of the land question. This vital...

Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programmes

Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programmes

1st Edition

Nicholas Awortwi, Emmanuel Remi Aiyede
May 16, 2017

Africa is now in a much-improved position to support its poor and vulnerable people. It has more money, more policy commitment and abundant intervention programmes. Yet the number of citizens living lives of desperation, or at risk of destitution, is at an all-time high, and still rising. What is...

African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World: Challenges, Agency and Resistance

African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World: Challenges, Agency and Resistance

1st Edition

Paul Ugor, Lord Mawuko-Yevugah
May 16, 2017

All over the world, there is growing concern about the ramifications of globalization, late-modernity and general global social and economic restructuring on the lives and futures of young people. Bringing together a wide body of research to reflect on youth responses to social change in Africa,...

The Horn of Africa since the 1960s: Local and International Politics Intertwined

The Horn of Africa since the 1960s: Local and International Politics Intertwined

1st Edition

Aleksi Ylönen, Jan Záhořík
February 08, 2017

The Horn of Africa has long been one of the most dynamic and politically turbulent sub-regions on the African continent.  Host to great ancient civilizations, diverse peoples, and expansive states, the region has experienced massive social, economic, and political transformations which have given...

Reinventing Development: Aid Reform and Technologies of Governance in Ghana

Reinventing Development: Aid Reform and Technologies of Governance in Ghana

1st Edition

Lord Mawuko-Yevugah
August 26, 2016

Global development actors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund claim that the shift to the poverty reduction strategy framework and emphasis on local participation address the social cost of earlier adjustment programs and help put aid-receiving countries back in control of...

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