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A Post State-Centric Analysis of China-Africa Relations

Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and State-Society Relations in Ethiopia

Benefits

  • First book to include an in-depth analysis of Chinese capital and its hitherto neglected impact on state-society relations in a sub-Saharan African country

  • Employs a unique hybrid approach of three research traditions: Gourevitch’s ‘second image reversed’, Migdal’s ‘state-in-society’ framework and Hobbes’ relational understanding of power

  • Departs from the mainstream literature in that it questions the state-centric macro or geo-strategic staple of China-Africa relations

Book

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

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Post State-Centric Analysis of China-Africa Relations
  • Book Subtitle Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and State-Society Relations in Ethiopia
  • Authors Edson Ziso
  • Series Title Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66453-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66452-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88248-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66453-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian Politics
    African Politics
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