Author by Kenneth Kalu

Journal/Publisher: Africa's Big Men: Predatory State-society Relations In Africa

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 17


This chapter introduces the central arguments in the book, Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, and foregrounds its unique contributions to the comparative politics literature. This book spotlights, analyzes and attempts to explain varying forms and patterns of state-society relations on the African continent, taking as point of departure the complexities created by the emergence, proliferation and complicated interactions of so-called ‘big men’ in varying contexts across Africa’s 54 states. The contributors interrogate the evolution of Africa’s big men; the role of the big men in Africa’s political and economic development; and the relationship between the state, the big men and the citizens.

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