The Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics

ISBN : 9780192844927

A. Carl LeVan; Patrick Ukata
832 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jun 2021
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The Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics offers a comprehensive analysis of Nigeria's very rich history and ever changing politics to its readers. It provides a deep understanding of Nigeria's socio-political evolution and experience by covering broad range of political issues and historical eras. The volume encompasses 44 chapters organized thematically into essays covering history, political institutions, civil society, economic and social policy, identity and insecurity, and Nigeria in a globalized world. By identifying many of the classic debates in Nigerian politics, the chapters serve as an authoritative introduction to Africa's most populous country. The chapters are interdisciplinary, introducing readers to classic debates and key research on Nigeria, as well as new methodologies, new data, and a compelling corpus of research questions for the next generation of researchers and readers interested in Africa.


A. Carl LeVan and Patrick Ukata: Introduction
Part I: Locating Nigeria in African History
1 Murray Last: From Borno to Sokoto: Meaning and Muslim Identities in Northern Nigeria
2 Nonso Obikili: State Formation in Precolonial Nigeria
3 Shobana Shankar: Precolonial Christianity and Missionary Legacies
4 Wasiq N. Khan: The Atlantic Slave Trade and its Lasting Impact
5 Matthew M. Heaton and Toyin Falola: Colonial Rule
6 Rotimi Ajayi: The Anti-Colonial Struggle in Nigeria
7 Chiedo Nwankwor: Women's Protests in the Struggle for Independence
8 Cajetan Iheka: The Nigerian Novel and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
9 Michael J. Watts: Ecologies of Rule: Politics, Political Economy and Governing the Environment in Nigeria
Part II: Political Institutions
10 Eghosa E. Osaghae: The Long Shadow of Nigeria's Military Epochs, 1966-1979 and 1983-1999
11 Olufunmbi M. Elemo: Fiscal Federalism, Subnational Politics, and State Creation in Contemporary Nigeria
12 Joseph Olayinka Fashagba: The Legislatures in the First and Second Republics
13 Rotimi T. Suberu: Legislative Development and Decadence in the Fourth Republic National Assembly
14 Olufemi Vaughan: Sharia Politics, the 1999 Constitution, and the Rise of the Fourth Republic
15 Yahaya T. Baba: Executive Dominance and Hyper Presidentialism in Nigeria
16 Max Siollun: Civil Military Affairs and Military Culture in Post-Transition Nigeria
17 Daniel Jordan Smith: Progress and Setbacks in Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Efforts
18 Patrick Ukata: The Judiciary in Nigeria Since 1999
19 Nkwachukwu Orji: Elections and Electoral Performance
20 A. Carl LeVan and Abiodun Ajijola: Drivers and Dynamics of Electoral Reform, 1999-2015
21 Adigun Agbaje, Adeolu Akande, and Jide Ojo: The People's Democratic Party: From the 1999 Transition to the 2015 Turnover
Part III: Civil Society
22 Darren Kew and Chris M. A. Kwaja: Civil Society in Nigeria
23 Jon Kraus: The Political Struggles of Nigerian Labor
24 Garhe Osiebe: In the trenches with Fela: Reassessing Protest Political Music Culture before the Fourth Republic
25 Rita Kiki Edozie: Nigeria's Non-Western Democracy: A Postcolonial Aspiration and Struggle with Opportunity, Conflict, and Transformation
26 Cheryl O'Brien: Women's Contemporary Struggles for Rights and Representation
27 Idayat Hassan: Human Rights Status in Nigeria Since Obasanjo' Second Coming
28 Oliver Owen: Revenue and Representation: The Political Economy of Public Participation
Part IV: Economic and Social Sectors: Policies and Peoples
29 Kingsley Moghalu and Nonso Obikili: Fiscal Policy during Boom and Bust
30 Peter M. Lewis: Nigeria's Petroleum Booms: A Changing Political Economy
31 Zainab Usman: The 'Resource Curse' and the Constraints on Reforming Nigeria's Oil Sector
32 Olusoji Adeyi, Oluwole Odutolu, John Idoko, and Phyllis Kanki: Nigeria's Response to the HIV Epidemic
Part V: Identity and Insecurity
33 Abimbola O. Adesoji: Islamic Social Movements and Political Unrest in Nigerian History
34 Kyari Mohammed: The Origins of Boko Haram
35 Virginia Comolli: Boko Haram: Indigeneity, Internationalism, and Insurgency
36 Obi Nwakanma: The Nigerian Civil War and the Biafran Secessionist Revival
37 Omolade Adunbi: The Rise and Decline (and Rise) of the Niger Delta Rebellion
38 Kemi Okenyodo: Crime, Cults, and Informal Security
39 V. Adefemi Isumonah: Land, Citizenship, and the Laws of Disenfranchisement
40 Laura Thaut Vinson: Pastoralism, Ethnicity, and Subnational Conflict Resolution in the Middle Belt
41 Oliver Coates: Nigeria and the World: War, Nationalism, and Politics, 1914-1960
42 Elizabeth Donnelly and Daragh Neville: Nigeria and the Commonwealth: Influence by Accident or Design
43 Asonzeh Ukah: Faith, Fame, and Fortune: Varieties of Nigerian Worship in Global Christianity
44 Ian Taylor: he Pathology of Dependency: Sino-Nigerian Relatins as a Case Study

About the author: 

A. Carl LeVan is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Nigerian Party Competition in a Time of Transition and Terror (2019) as well as Dictators and Democracy in Africa Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (2015). ; Patrick Ukata is the former Director of the American University and American University of Nigeria's Washington Office. He is currently a professorial lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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