Neopatrimonialism has become a catch-all explanation for state dysfunction and failed development in Africa. While serving this role, the concept has become “stretched,” to use Giovanni Satrori's term from his essay on comparative methodology in The American Political Science Review some 45 years ago. This has resulted in a concept that is mostly confined to Africa but that within Africa is applied to a very broad range of phenomena. The concept's limited geographical scope and weak intension hinder its usefulness and further development. Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond attempts to rectify these problems by collecting essays that return to Max Weber to analyze the concept of neopatrimonialism, reexamine its applications in Africa, and apply it to political life outside Africa. Although the book replicates some of the conceptual confusion in the field as a whole, it also provides a useful starting point for authors who want either to make more-informed...
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July 01 2015
Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond
Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond.
Ryan C. Briggs
Virginia Tech University
Online ISSN: 1531-3298
Print ISSN: 1520-3972
© 2015 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Journal of Cold War Studies (2015) 17 (3): 264–266.
Ryan C. Briggs; Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond. Journal of Cold War Studies 2015; 17 (3): 264–266. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_r_00526
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