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Author Hill, Jonathan

Title Nigeria since independence : forever fragile? / Jonathan Hill
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


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Contents Fear of Failure: Negative Sovereignty and the Birth of State Failure -- The Causes and Consequences of State Failure -- Identifying Failed States -- Failure to promote human flourishing -- The spread and spread of the concept of state failure -- Conclusions -- The Enemy Within: Insurgency and the Failure of the Nigerian State -- The Ways and Extent of Nigeria's Failure -- Boko Haram -- The MEND -- Failure to Control -- Failure to Promote Human Flourishing -- Failure to Provide Security -- Failure to Provide Healthcare and Education -- The Dangers of Disintegration -- Conclusions -- The Emperor's New Clothes? Federalism, the Decline of Old Loyalties and the Rise of New Jealousies -- The Post-independence Background to Federalism -- The Function of Federalism -- 'Not a Nation': Federalism and the Preservation of Difference -- A Spur to Ethnic Tensions -- Damage to National Unity -- Damage to Political Rights -- Corruption -- Out of Many Came Forth One: Federalism and the Quest for Unity -- Conclusions -- Fuel to the Flames: Oil and Political Violence in Contemporary Nigeria -- Oil and its Lubrication of Nigeria's Failure -- Damage to the Economy -- Damage to the Environment -- Corruption -- Damage to Democracy -- Failure to Promote Human Flourishing and the Spread of Armed Violence -- Secessionism -- On Troubled Waters: Oil and its Contribution to Nigeria's Unity -- Conclusions -- Of the People but for the People? Nigeria and its Armed Forces -- The Legacy and Reputation of Nigeria's Armed Forces -- The Armed Forces' Contribution to Nigeria's Failure -- A Failure to Defend -- The Abuse of Human Rights -- The Armed Forces' Efforts to Prevent Nigeria's Failure -- Maintaining and Preserving Security -- Strengthening Public Participation and Trust in the Political Process -- Promoting Social Integration and Harmony
Summary Boko Haram's recent attacks have helped turn Nigeria into a failed state, yet so far it has avoided breaking up. But what are the forces keeping it together? And how much longer will they continue to do so? Nigeria since Independence seeks to answer these important questions by looking at the complex and contradictory roles played by the country's federal structures, oil reserves, and the armed forces. The picture of contemporary Nigeria it paints is at once intriguing and complex, frightening and optimistic. This book focuses on both the factors fuelling the insurgencies in the Niger Delta and the North-East, which are the primary cause of country's failure, and the main mechanisms helping to keep the country together. Enhanced by interviews with senior Nigerian policy-makers and foreign diplomats, it provides a crucial insight into the state of modern Nigeria
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Politics & government -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- Nigeria -- 21st century.
African history -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- Nigeria -- 21st century.
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000 -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- Nigeria -- 21st century.
21st century history: from c 2000 -- c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) -- Nigeria -- 21st century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Politics and Government.
Politics and government
Politics & government -- Nigeria -- Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999 -- 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100.
African history -- Nigeria -- Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999 -- 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100.
Nigeria -- Politics and government -- 2007-
Nigeria -- History -- 1993-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137292049