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Political conflict and economic change in Nigeria [electronic resource] /
Henry Bienen.
London, England ; Totowa, N.J. : F. Cass, 1985.
xii, 180 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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London, England ; Totowa, N.J. : F. Cass, 1985.
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general note
"Based on articles and essays written between 1978 and 1983"--P. xi.
"Written under the auspices of the Center of International Studies, Princeton University"--P. [ii].
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-05:
This is not a book in the conventional sense of a coherent, single-problem analysis. Rather, it is a collection of edited but unrevised articles, and parts of other books, written by the author between 1978 and 1983. Bienen is a ``world class'' Africanist social scientist who has produced major studies of political economy in three important African countries. He also writes about national security strategy, foreign policy, and military sociology, focusing on the African scene from his professorial post in the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. This collection explores social cleavages and distributional issues in a changing institutional context. Three chapters analyze important national political issues in Nigeria: the impact of oil revenue on policy choices, the politics of egalitarian demands, and the connection of religion to economic development. The fourth chapter is a discussion of the bases and distribution of support in the 1979 national election. Bienen, as always, eschews easy answers and monocausal explanations, e.g., class, tribe, international dependence. Nigeria is a complex and intriguing arena of political change. This collection shines a pencil-light beam on the significant analytical variables for scholars already initiated into Nigeriana and the political economy/political sociology of development. This volume reflects a creative and pragmatic intelligence at work and therefore ought to enrich established and comprehensive collections on Africa.-H. Glickman, Haverford College
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