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The First Annual Monkey Cage African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular


Straight from the press, Rachel Beatty Riedl’s new book, “Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa.” (Kim Yi Dionne/The Monkey Cage)

Owing to the popularity of an earlier post by Claire Adida on her new book, “Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers,” we have decided to launch the Monkey Cage’s Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. The first edition of our summer reading list features newly published books in African politics. Over the course of the summer, we will feature posts by the books’ authors and/or Q&A posts about their books.

The books cover a wide range of countries on the continent, as well as a variety of topics, including peace interventions, political party formation, citizenship, the importance of land rights and more. Though the list is limited to work published about politics on the continent, we selected these titles because they have something to teach a general audience.

We share this list with Monkey Cage readers ahead of the summer reading series in case you are interested in posing questions to  authors in advance. Please do so in the comments below or via e-mail. If you know of other newly published books on African Politics that you would like to see featured in the summer reading series, we will happily consider a few bonus posts.

Kim Yi Dionne is Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College. She studies identity, public opinion, political behavior, and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.
Laura Seay is an Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. She studies African politics, conflict, and development, with a focus on central Africa. She has also written for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English.

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