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The Palgrave Handbook of African Politics, Governance and Development

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
  • Toyin Falola

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Theories and Concepts

  3. History and Contexts of Politics, Governance, Politics, and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Adelaja Odutola Odukoya
      Pages 173-186
    3. Maurice N. Amutabi
      Pages 187-202
    4. James Olusegun Adeyeri
      Pages 203-215
  4. The Military in Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. G. S. Mmaduabuchi Okeke
      Pages 219-242
    3. Richard Obinna Iroanya
      Pages 243-258
    4. Rotimi Ajayi, Yusuf Ibrahim
      Pages 259-275
    5. Browne Onuoha
      Pages 277-288

About this book


This handbook constitutes a single collection of well researched articles and essays on African politics, governance and development from the pre-colonial through colonial to the post-colonial eras. Over the course of these interconnected periods, African politics have evolved with varied experiences across different parts of the continent. As politics is embedded both in the economy and the society, Africa has witnessed some changes in politics, economics, demography and its relations with the world in ways that requires in-depth analysis. This work provides an opportunity for old and new scholars to engage in the universe of the debate around African politics, governance and development and will serve as a ready reference material for students, researchers, policy makers and investors that are concerned with these issues.


Africa Development Political economy Governance Democratic consolidation Elections

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.Thabo Mbeki African Leadership InstituteUniversity of South AfricaJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

About the editors

Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba is Senior Lecturer at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa. He was formerly Visiting Scholar in the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, USA.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Past, present and future meet in a highly illuminating and productive manner on the pages of this massive volume focused on the historical, theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of the interfaces of politics, governance and development in Africa. The outcome is a largely readable and engaging collection of essays penned by several generations of scholars, from leading to new and emerging voices, who do justice to the complexities in Africa's trajectories across time. The book is set to emerge as a most authoritative volume on Africa and its complex histories, encounters, and alternative futures in its experience with politics, governance and development—and with the rest of the world.” (Adigun Agbaje, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

“This handbook brings together an impressive array of scholars, some well-known, others deserving wider consideration. The topics addressed require urgent attention as the achievements in politics, governance, and development in Africa are so widely divergent. The editors draw on a broad range of analyses while emphasis is given to the perspectives of African scholars. It will be closely read within and outside Africa and will enhance the quality of ongoing debates.” (Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of Political Science and International History, Northwestern University, USA)

“The sheer range, discursive interests and theoretical persuasions of the academics and researchers who contributed to this volume makes it a must-read for all those concerned with the state of African politics. Even more, the topics deal with key issues of African history, the ever-evolving present and finally, what we can expect of the continent’s future.” (Sanya Osha, Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research in Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)