Abstract

The "neopatrimonial" character of African states has increasingly been invoked to explain the politics of agricultural stagnation across the continent. This article summarizes the literature on neopatrimonialism, reviewing how analysts have applied the concept in studies of food and agricultural policies in Africa. It then draws out some of the key contributions of such an approach, and describes limitations, both methodological and substantive. Finally, it asks how and why the concept has been deployed, and recommends greater circumspection, research, and refinement.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1555-2462
Print ISSN
0002-0206
Pages
pp. 107-133
Launched on MUSE
2008-12-17
Open Access
No
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