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The International Politics of East Africa by

The International Politics of East Africa


The International Politics of East Africa by

This work examines the relationship between the countries of East Africa, and more especially their relationships with the wider world. These relationships are analyzed within the context of post-Cold War politics, the growth of global forces and the growing dependence of Africa on the developed world. The work highlights the contrast between the notion of African states as partners in negotiating with the West, and the reality of the growing gulf between rich and poor countries. International politics in this region is shown to be increasingly about the quest for aid, debt relief and equitable trading arrangements. The price paid for outside assistance is the growing foreign influence over the details of internal politics. African governments are often forced to retreat, reduce expenditure and leave decision-making in the hands of foreign governments and non-governmental organisations. Yet African governments are not powerless. This work looks at the distinctive interests and power bases which each country seeks to defend, and at the outcomes in terms of both external relations and internal politics.


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About the Author

Robert Pinkney is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle

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Publication date

19th July 2001


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Manchester University Press


256 pages


International relations



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