Crisis of the State and Civil Domains in Africa

1 December 2006
Mariano Aguirre and David Sogge
The weakness of the state in Africa stems from the colonial period, and it has suffered further blows from neoliberal policies since the 1980s. The process of state reform should combine traditional with modern forms, and be cautious about the promotion of "civil society" as a universal remedy. In places where global interests interact with national weaknesses, the progress of citizenship has been on hold or has regressed.
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About the authors

David Sogge

Based in Amsterdam, David works as an independent researcher and writer. As an associate of the Norwegian think-tank NOREF, he currently focuses on public control over transnational flows affecting societies on the global periphery. Professional activities since 1970 provided a basis for books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, and on Africa, particularly Angola and South Africa. Evaluative research assignments have taken him to Vietnam, Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Trained at Harvard, David earned his graduate degrees from Princeton and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

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