A Post State-Centric Analysis of China-Africa Relations

Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and State-Society Relations in Ethiopia

  • Edson Ziso

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

About this book


This book offers a new alternative to understanding the relationship between China and Africa. Here, the author not only explores the changing nature of Ethiopia’s internal politics as a result of Chinese investment and commercial links, but also compellingly questions the existing state-centric macro or strategic investigation of China-Africa relations. By thoroughly reviewing and deploying the ‘second image reversed’ approach and the relational concept of state power analytical approaches, Ziso challenges the Western-centric Weberian conceptualization of state. This volume presents an eclectic approach to interpret the state transformation in Ethiopia in light of Chinese capital, arguing for a “state in society” framework which does not treat the state as a unitary black box. This analysis challenges the conventional binary staple which is often framed on whether China is the new imperialist power plundering Africa’s resources or is Africa’s historically all-weather friend. This volume offers an original contribution to knowledge on China’s relations with Ethiopia in particular, and with Africa in general.

Edson Ziso is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.


China-Africa Relations Chinese Capital State-Society Relations Ethiopia China-Ethiopia relations State Power Gourevitch’s ‘second image reversed’ ‘State in Society’ framework Ethnicity in Ethiopia Socialist Dergue regime (1974-1991) Nationalisation Rural economy Land reform EPRDF Liberalisation State enterprises

Authors and affiliations

  • Edson Ziso
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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