Neo-Colonial Roots of African Political Instabilities

Usually if you take a course in international relations or comparative government, when you get to African states, the ideological side of these disciplines rears its head. Unlike the western democracies which are stable, we are told, African states are unstable. Why? Because, after all, they are newcomers to democracy. They are politically “immature” to quote modernization theorists. This article challenges this characterization and shows that in six countries the reason for economic instability is because their economies are tied to the world market.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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