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By Donal Cruise O'Brien, John Dunn, Richard Rathbone

The West African states have reached adulthood. This new volume--appearing a decade after the winning West African States: Failure and Promise--provides updated reports of 9 states, together with Chad, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, that have been ignored within the previous quantity, and introduces modern theories of West African politics. The e-book displays alterations at the floor and likewise in educational debate, particularly the amazing retreat of dependency conception and Marxian research and the increase of free-market theorizing through either governments and students. the amount additionally comprises very important observations at the political significance of spiritual fundamentalism within the area, and the expansion of subnational sorts of political job. The writers are famous students within the box, and comprise individuals to the influential magazine Politique Africaine. this can be an invaluable textbook for everybody attracted to African politics, however it is usually a provocative contribution to the talk at the nature of the nation and political methods in Africa.

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For on 18 June 1983 an unexpected cabinet reshuffle confirmed what the rumour mill Radio-Trottoir ('pavement radio', the popular grapevine), and its white-collar counterpart, Radio-Couloir ('corridor radio', the bureaucrat's version), had been murmuring for several months: President Biya dismissed four 'barons' of the old regime, Messrs Sadou Daoudou, Eboua, Ayissi Mvodo, and Bwele, and from this moment the rupture between the former president of the republic and his successor was complete. The pace of events began to accelerate.

In fact, by dint of wanting to reorganise everything, the CNR finished by destabilising the society against which it had constructed itself. Its agrarian reform, for example, resulted in the opposite of the expected results; in the urban milieu, housing reconstruction policy drove the majority of the deguerpis (the urban poor, literally ' those chased off') to the periphery of Ouagadougou where they 23 Rene Otayek themselves reconstructed those 'spontaneous' neighbourhoods that the reform proposed to suppress, whereas the ' modern' housing projects, due to the high cost of rents, benefited wealthier social strata.

Biya certainly has given sufficient proof of his sincerity and tolerance, from the relative liberalisation of elections and the press to containing the repressive fury following 6 April 1984, so that one doesn't doubt them. Yet through these means (and one can never draw enough attention to the fact that he preferred them to others, in contrast, for example, to Daniel arap Moi in Kenya), he has also sought to establish his authority to the detriment of the influence of the regime's 'barons', who sometimes scarcely concealed their own desires.

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