Synopses & Reviews
African State and Society in the 1990s is the first comprehensive English-language book to appear on Cameroons political events since 1989. Designed for academic and policy studies readers, it covers developments from the 1960s to the present as background for an analysis of the continuing conflict since 1990 between the regime and political opposition over democratization. Based on extensive research in Cameroon between 1989 and 1995 in the form of interviews, independent press articles, and major political parties writings, African State and Society in the 1990s details political confrontationsevolving from bullets to ballotsin the context of a sharply declining economy and a society wrought with ethnic, linguistic, and constitutional tensions. The authors show how the competitive stakes rise as a previously effective political class faces unsubdued challenges to its hegemony over major enterprises. The uncertainty is heightened by the fact that no coherent alliance or potentially successor group has yet emerged from the opposition forces, which now operate across Cameroons social landscape.The books analysis of the disarray raises hard questions about whether the nation-state can still serve as a model of stability. The national elections in 1997 make the book particularly timely as a specific case studyapplicable to Africa at largethat gives insights into the chances for successful resolution of the continents volatile political conflicts.
Based on extensive research in Cameroon since 1989, African State and Society in the 1990s is the first major English-language study that covers the political crisis there of the early 1990s between the regime and opposition forces and the ensuing impasse of the mid-decade. Appearing at a time when national elections for 1997 may trigger further conflicts, the book adds a key case study to African democratization scholarship.
About the Author
Joseph Takougang is associate professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Milton Krieger is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University. Joseph Takougang is associate professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Milton Krieger is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University.