states and power in africa

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Harvey D

 

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August 6, 2014

 

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He would like others studying comparative politics to understand that many of the pre-colonial social and political norms as well as post-colonial observance of the forced state system have also contributed to Africa's current problems. Herbst's shows us that it is important to look beyond the predetermined political geography as set forth at the Berlin Conference as the sole reason for African leader's difficulty in broadcasting power...
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To counter this argument Herbst looks at several other reasons why broadcasting power is a problem. One of the arguments focused on is the cost benefit analysis of the building of infrastructures such as roads and telecommunication systems. African rulers even during the pre-colonial period decided that the costs of broadcasting government authority into the hinterlands outweighed the benefits that they would receive...
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