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

Dr Nick Westcott, Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
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17:00 - 18:15
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford Martin School
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In-person and online

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Lectures and seminars
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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.

This panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

This talk will be live in-person and online

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