Vorlesung: African Politics

Instructor: Prof. Sabine Carey

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für/als:

BA: Studierende im BA-Studiengang, Aufbaumodul ab dem 4. Semester

Course Description:

This lecture introduces students to the political systems and to the nature of political interactions in sub-Saharan Africa. It gives a brief background on pre-colonial history and outlines the impact of colonialism on the political structure of post-independence regimes. It examines the role of ethnicity, the prospects and problems of democratisation, economic development, civil war and the involvement of international actors on the African continent from colonialism to the present day. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa differ greatly in their experiences with political leaders, institutions and economic programmes. The lecture provides a critical assessment of the political changes countries south of the Sahara have undergone and to develop a framework for understanding the problems and challenges facing these countries.


Bates, Robert H. 1981. Markets and states in tropical Africa : the political basis of agricultural policies, California series on social choice and political economy. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Herbst, Jeffrey. 2000. States and Power in Africa. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Collier, Paul and Anke Hoeffler. 2002. ”On the Incidence of Civil War in Africa,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 46(1): 13-28.

Registration: Via Studierendenportal

Office hours: by appointment

Dates and Times:  Tuesday 10:15-11:45 (weekly), from 12.02.2013 to 28.05.2013, Room: A 5, 6 Bauteil B – B 243