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Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions : Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa - Daniel N. Posner

Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa

Paperback Published: 2nd November 2005
ISBN: 9780521541794
Number Of Pages: 360

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Presenting a theory to explain how politics revolves around one axis of social cleavage instead of another, Daniel Posner examines Zambia, where people identify themselves either as members of one of the country's seventy-three tribes or as members of one of its four principal language groups. Drawing on a simple model of identity choice, Posner demonstrates that the answer depends on whether the country is operating under single-party or multi-party rule, thus revealing how formal institutional rules determine the social cleavages that matter.

'... a well-researched, rich, sophisticated and lively analysis of ethnic politics in Zambia. ... a fascinating account of changes in the dimensions of ethnic identity in Zambian politics. [Posner's] work is, perhaps, the only book that dwells exclusively on why politicians shift from one ethnic card to another. The details he presents about ethnic and language group formation and about perceptions of ethnic favouritism make the book interesting and a must read.' Journal of Modern African Studies 'Posner's book should still be recognised as an important contribution to understanding the relationship between politics and ethnicity in Africa.' Journal Compilation ASEN '... well written and well researched. ... a good read and will be useful for any graduate class on African politics.' Political Studies Review

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Institutions and Ethnic Politicsp. 1
Accounting for the Ethnic Cleavage Structure Introduction to Part Ip. 21
Accounting for Zambia's Ethnic Cleavage Structure I: The Emergence of Tribal Identities in Colonial Northern Rhodesiap. 26
Accounting for Zambia's Ethnic Cleavage Structure II: The Emergence of Language Group Identities in Colonial Northern Rhodesiap. 56
Accounting for Ethnic Coalition-Building Choices Introduction to Part IIp. 89
Ethnicity and Ethnic Politics in Zambiap. 91
Explaining Changing Patterns of Ethnic Politics: A Model of Political Institutions and Ethnic Cleavage Outcomesp. 130
Testing the Argument Introduction to Part IIIp. 159
Competing Explanationsp. 161
Ethnic Campaigning: Testing the Observable Implications of the Argument for Elite Behaviorp. 179
Ethnic Voting: Testing the Observable Implications of the Argument for Mass Behaviorp. 217
Beyond Zambia Introduction to Part IVp. 251
Regime Change and Ethnic Politics in Africap. 256
Beyond Regime Change, Beyond Africap. 274
Appendices
Native Authorities and Tribal Identificationsp. 289
Survey and Focus Group Methodologiesp. 294
Tribal Affiliations of Parliamentary Candidatesp. 308
Tribal Demographics of Electoral Constituenciesp. 310
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780521541794
ISBN-10: 0521541794
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 2nd November 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48