P080
Compared political systems of sub-Saharan Africa: endogenous and exogenous factors in the construction of political frameworks

Convenors:
Fernando Díaz Alpuente (African Studies Center of Barcelona)
Rubén Sánchez Medero (Carlos III University of Madrid)
Gema Sánchez Medero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Location:
C1.04
Start time:
29 June, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel aims to study African political systems and their different categories or aspects from comparative and analytical perspectives, well sub-Saharan area compared cases, either through the comparison of sub-Saharan cases with other outside the region.

Long abstract:

In the political development process of African states several factors have got involved and have conditioned their political systems. Among them we cannot ignore the exogenous factors relevance, as an intervening variable in the process. The presences of various colonial actors or international agencies have influenced, greater or lesser extent, institutional and political construction of political systems in the area. Often importing Western formulas, which, at least apparently, have a difficult fit in the African realities. It is for this reason that these states have undergone, at the process of its construction, to friction between these external factors and also endogenous, which describe the reality of each country and needed to participate in the process of the political system construction. This imperfect relationship between factors has led to the establishment and development of specific political systems in the sub-Saharan region. The political system's classical studies, their typologies and features, have overlooked in the sub-Saharan African's cases. Perhaps because of the African state interpretations focus on neopatrimonialism, the hybrid structures, the weakness of the African state and the conception of the African state as non-African entity. A common analytical effort in the social sciences derives the discussion on issues such as good governance or African states' dependence on global political system. This panel aims to study African political systems and their different categories or aspects from comparative and analytical perspectives, well sub-Saharan area compared cases, either through the comparison of sub-Saharan cases with other outside the region.