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Inequality and political cleavage in Africa: regionalism by design

Boone, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0001-5324-7814 (2024) Inequality and political cleavage in Africa: regionalism by design. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009441667

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This pathbreaking work integrates African countries into broader comparative theories of how spatial inequality shapes political competition over the construction of markets, states, and nations. Existing literature on African countries has found economic cleavages, institutions, and policy choices to be of low salience in national politics. This book inverts these arguments. Boone trains our analytic focus on the spatial inequalities and territorial institutions that structure national politics in Africa, showing that regional cleavages find expression in both electoral competition and policy struggles over redistribution, sectoral investment, market integration, and state design. Leveraging comparative politics theory, Boone argues that African countries' regional and core-periphery tensions are similar to those that have shaped national economic integration in other parts of the world. Bringing together electoral and economic geography, the book offers a new and powerful map of political competition on the African continent.

Item Type: Book
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Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R50 - General
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 12:09
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 10:06

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