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Governing Africa


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List of Abbreviations Preface Chapter 1: Introduction: A 3D Guide To the Study of International Organizations Chapter 2: Theorizing African Union as a 3D International Organization Chapter 3: Interstate Cooperation in Africa in Historical Perspective Chapter 4: The Impact of Entrepreneurship, Institution and Social Norms in the Negotiation of the African Union Chapter 5: African Union Promotion of Good Political Governance Chapter 6: African Peace and Security Architecture Chapter 7: Human Rights Chapter 8: Conclusion References

About the Author

Thomas Tieku is associate professor of Political Science and coordinator of Social Justice and Peace Studies at King's University College at Western University in Canada.


Governing Africa is unquestionably the best book I have read on the African Union (AU). The footnotes indicate that the book is the culmination of more than a decade of desktop research and interviews by Thomas Tieku. The book's contribution to scholarship is immense.... Governing Africa 's strength lies in its rich empirical data, and the book is a must for the book order list of all departments of International Relations, Politics, History and African Studies. It is the essential read for all diplomats and other practitioners who might in future cross paths with the AU. * South African Journal of International Affairs *
Amidst a rapidly growing field of books on the African Union, Tieku's 3D analysis opens a path-breaking perspective to the study of the International Organizations. It radically explores the African Union by challenging existing conceptual and analytical orthodoxies, and offers a three dimensional (3D) integrated framing: intergovernmental, supranational, and `outsiders,' that hones the knowledge base for evaluating this dynamic Pan-African organization. Beyond its excellent conceptual innovativeness and the critical examination of three sets of actors, this book reflects original thinking in the field of theory building that, though rooted in an African organization, has much wider ramifications for the ways we understand International Organizations (IOs) in a changing world order. -- Cyril Obi, program director, African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council, New York

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