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The state of the African state: Where has it come from and where is it going

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Duration: 1:18:30 | Added: 07 Dec 2022
Nick Westcott, Director of the Royal African Society, discusses the African State.

African states have been in flux since long before colonial powers carved up the continent into bite-sized chunks at the end of the 19th century.

In the 60 years since most became independent, new trends have emerged. Some have reflected history, both colonial and pre-colonial, from ethnic rivalries and migrating populations to authoritarian structures, extractive institutions and irrational borders.

Others reflect new dynamics both local and global - economic imbalances, demographic dynamism, changing climate and a changing balance of global power. But in particular there is a shift in the ideological basis of the state: how do people view it, what do they expect and what do governments think they should do?

This is a joint event with the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance

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