State Fragility and State Building in Africa - Cases from Eastern and Southern Africa

Editor(s): 
Publication Place: 
Dordrecht
Publisher: 
Springer
Pages: 
X, 249
ISBN: 
978-3-319-20641-7
Publication Year: 
2015
Series Title: 
United Nations University Series on Regionalism
Publication Language: 
EN
DOI: 
10.1007/978-3-319-20642-4
Abstract: 

This book describes the contrast between the strong economic growth and democratization that have occurred in Africa and its stalling political progress. It presents and discusses fragility as the phenomenon that has caused the state to remain weak and faltering and has led to at least one third of the continent’s citizens living in fragile states. Following the examination of the drivers of fragility and the impact of fragility on citizens and neighbouring states, the book discusses capacity building approaches. This part shows how effective states can be built on the African continent, a process that would result in a change from state fragility to state resilience. It is based on lessons learnt from close studies of the nations where the state has been most developed in the region, in Eastern and Southern Africa. The book provides and responds to the most recent and up-to-date information on African development and uses insights of people who have lived and worked in the continent for most of their lives.

Keywords: 
Political Economy, Regional and Cultural Studies, Social Structure, Social Inequality