There, the interaction of power and space is dramatically different from what occurred in europe in states and power in africa , jeffrey herbst places the african state-building process in a truly comparative perspective. 1 states and power in africa: comparative les-sons in authority and control by jeffrey i herbst princeton: princeton university press, 2000 pp x– 280 isbn: 0– 691– 01027– 7 cloth 0– 691– 01028– 5 pbk 2 department of political science and depart-ment of economics, university of california, berkeley. This ambitious and original book turns a comparative historical lens on state-building in africa unlike most european states, which consolidated their power and fixed their present boundaries largely through war, african states acquired their borders by fiat and have rarely faced external military threats to their sovereignty.
Theories of international relations, assumed to be universally applicable, have failed to explain the creation of states in africa there, the interaction of power and space is dramatically different from what occurred in europe.
In states and power in africa, jeffrey herbst frequently uses the term international system an instinctive reading of the term may lead to the idea of international community (another term that is frequently seen in the text), and there are moments in herbst's narrative that seem to support this interpretation.
States and power in africa: comparative lessons in authority and control is a book on african state-building by jeffrey herbst, former professor of politics and international affairs at woodrow wilson school of public and international affairs. Essay title: states and power in africa we must understand the differences in the african and european political experience in order to understand the difficulties faced by african leaders in herbst's book states and power in africa, first i will give an overview of the differences between the african and european advances toward becoming a nation state.
In states and power in africa herbst shows us several differences between it is important to look at why herbst's analysis of africa's and europe's political differences gives us many reasons that go toward the explaining african leader's political difficulties. Theories of international relations, assumed to be universally applicable, have failed to explain the creation of states in africa there, the interaction of power and space is dramatically different from what occurred in europe in his groundbreaking book, jeffrey herbst places the african state-building process in a truly comparative perspective, examining the problem of state consolidation.
African states have a difficulty in projecting power over distance establishes the relationship between state authority and local leadership local elites’ power is connected to their control of land, separate from the state states seek change in property rights to disempower local elites. States is irrelevant to africa and that small size is an advantage given the particular challenges faced by african countries (170-71) in other words, a large size is not advantageous to solving domestic political problems states and power in africa:.