The state in Africa
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The state in Africa the politics of the belly by Jean-François Bayart

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Published by Polity in Cambridge, Malden, MA .
Written in English


  • Africa -- Politics and government -- 1960-,
  • Africa -- Social conditions -- 1960-,
  • Africa -- Economic conditions -- 1960-

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Edition Notes

StatementJean-François Bayart.
LC ClassificationsJQ1879.A15 B3713 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationxc, 370 p. ;
Number of Pages370
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24014100M
ISBN 100745644376
ISBN 109780745644370
LC Control Number2009282259

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