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When Things Fell Apart
State Failure in Late-Century Africa

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521887359

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  • In the later decades of the 20th century, Africa plunged into political chaos. States failed, governments became predators, and citizens took up arms. In When Things Fell Apart, Robert H. Bates advances an explanation of state failure in Africa. In so doing, he not only plumbs the depths of the continent's late-century tragedy, but also the logic of political order and the foundations of the state. This book covers a wide range of territory by drawing on materials from Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, and Congo. Written to be accessible to the general reader, it is nonetheless a must-read for scholars and policy makers concerned with political conflict and state failure.

    • An important statement concerning the conflict and fiscal crisis that afflict political and economic development in Africa by one of the most influential comparativists
    •  A lively read attracting academics and policy makers alike
    • Details the importance of politics in understanding the trajectory of Africa in general and the dynamics of order and disorder
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    “Bates has laid bare the reasons that violence has been so prevalent in Africa in the late 20th century. It was not ethnic divisions, nor simply available resource wealth, though both are implicated. Rather, African states, buffeted by adverse impacts of globalization, lacked the revenues to administer their fractious societies. When predation and corruption seemed to offer greater rewards than providing stable administration, state leaders undermined their own economies, eventually provoking conflict and rebellions. Bates’s compact account is rich in examples and insights, and supported by the data. He leaves us with a powerful message -- order depends on providing state leaders with the incentives to provide good governance.”
    -Jack Goldstone, George Mason University

    “An economist who has done development work for several governments and organizations, and much field work in Africa, Bates...constructs a theory of what happened in Africa in the twilight of the 20th century, drawing on the theory of games. Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, and Congo are his case studies as he looks at the depth of the tragedy, the logic of political order, and the foundations of the state.”
    Book News, Inc.

    “What accounts for the economic and political collapse of so many African states since independence?...Bates argues that small government revenues in what are relatively poor states, and their heightened volatility after the mid-1970s, shortened the time horizons of politicians and lessened their incentives to act for the public good....Bates concludes that the wave of democratization of the last two decades is unlikely to promote political stability since incumbents will react to this new threat to their hold on power with more corruption and violence.”
    Foreign Affairs

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    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521887359
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 144 x 17 mm
    • weight: 3.56kg
    • contains: 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction
    2. From fable to fact
    Part II. Sewing the Seeds:
    3. Political legacies
    4. Policy choices
    5. Subnational tensions
    Part III. Things Fell Apart:
    6. Things fell apart:
    7. Conclusion
    Part IV. Appendix.

  • Author

    Robert H. Bates, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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