The African Union's Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora) (Paperback)

The African Union's Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora) By Rita Kiki Edozie, Keith Gottschalk Cover Image


The African Union’s Africa: New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance examines the initiatives of the Pan-African global governance institution the African Union (AU) as the organization and its precursor commemorate their Jubilee as international actors. Taking a unique approach, the book seeks to explain the AU through a theoretical framework referred to as “the African Union phenomenon,” capturing the international organization’s efforts to transform the national politics of Africa as well as to globalize the practice of African politics. The authors examine Africa’s self-determined international norms and values such as Pan-Africanism, African Solutions to African Problems, Hybrid Democracy, Pax Africana, and the African Economic Community to demonstrate that Africa—the world’s least developed region—is composed of crucial values, institutions, agents, actors, and forces that are, through the AU, contributing to the advancement of contemporary global development. The book reveals how in the areas of cultural identity, democracy, security, and economic development Africans are infusing new politics, economics, and cultures into globalization representing the collective will and imprint of African agency, decisions, ideas, identities, practices, and contexts. Via a Pan-African vision, the AU is having both regional and global impact, generating exciting possibilities and complicated challenges.

About the Author

Rita Kiki Edozie is Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Director of African American and African Studies at MSU. Keith Gottschalk was a Fulbright fellow at Oakland University and is the former head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

Praise For…

This is a dream book for the ardent Pan-Africanist who is yearning for a theoretically informed exploration of the African Union and a must-read for scholars and students looking for an interdisciplinary study of the premier and certainly the
most important international organization in Africa in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
—Thomas Kwasi Tieku, Department of Political Science, King’s University College at Western University, Ontario

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611861365
ISBN-10: 1611861365
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2014
Pages: 314
Language: English
Series: Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora