Revisiting Governance: Extended Statehood in Africa and Beyond

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Abstract

This article sets the theme for this issue. Weberian understanding of statehood has been valid and dominant for 100 years. However, it no longer reflects the complex dynamics of the superstructure resting on the social contract. One must acknowledge the widening frame of social and political influence and take it in account to make true sense of decades of failure in attempted state-building. Africa provides the scene for this argument as original focus of an ALC research project on the State in, and of, the Global South. Resulting from experience and analysis this article not only offers the post-Weberian model of Extended Statehood, but also suggests its applicability within the realities of multi-level governance. Formal political order, even if remaining essential, has become a co-dependent element subject to fluctuating spheres of power. This research makes such dynamics visible.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Volume5
No.1
Specialist publicationThe Journal of Leadership and Developing Societies
PublisherAfrica Leadership Centre
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2020

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