African Politics and Problems of Development by Richard L. Sklar, C. S. Whitaker

African Politics and Problems of Development Author: Richard L. Sklar, C. S. Whitaker
eBook Title: African Politics and Problems of Development
ISBN10: 1555872441
ISBN13: 978-1555872441
Language: English
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub; New ed. edition (May 1, 1991)
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
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These essays represent the thought of two scholars who have been closely associated with one another and with the field of African political development for more than three decades. Each, in his own way, dissented from the functionalist theory of modernization, which held sway when they began their work in the late 1950s. In their principal books, one of them (Sklar) explored the political implications of social-class formation in Nigeria, while the other (Whitaker) demonstrated the reality of cultural continuity in Nigerian political behaviour and organization. These themes are illustrated in this book in their essays on the independence movement and the post-colonial crises in Nigeria. Later essays trace the tenacious struggle for democracy in African societies and its relevance to political challenges posed by the deepening economic and social crises of a chaotic era. Just as the two offered on alternative to modernization theory during the 1960s and 1970s, so today do they distance themselves from economistic theories of political change. Their methodological assumptions reflect basic conceptions of liberty and justice.