Institutions And Ethnic Politics In Africa (Political Economy Of Institutions And Decisions)

Institutions And Ethnic Politics In Africa (Political Economy Of Institutions And Decisions)

Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)

Presenting a theory to explain how politics revolves around one axis of social cleavage instead of another, Daniel Posner examines Zambia, where people identify themselves either as members of one of the country's seventy-three tribes or as members of one of its four principal language groups. Drawing on a simple model of identity choice, Posner demonstrates that the answer depends on whether the country is operating under single-party or multi-party rule, thus revealing how formal institutional rules determine the social cleavages that matter.

Review
"Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa, as the title indicates, is far more than a detailed case study of Zambia, a former British colony known as Northern Rhodesia before independence. It is also a splendid primer as to how to systematically apply institutional analysis to explain political behavior."
-Sheldon Gellar, Indiana University, Perspectives on Politics

"This is a superb analysis of the structure of political cleavages in Africa. It puts forth a parsimonious model that highlights the role of group size and spells out and tests its empirical implications. Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa should make a major...

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