Critique of Francis Fukuyama’s Views on State Formation in Africa


This paper is a critique of Francis Fukuyama’s views on, essentially, the crisis of development in Africa which he associates with the weakness of state institutions in African countries. In analysing the underlying causes of weak state institutions in Africa, Fukuyama examines institutional development in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa. But his approach is highly Eurocentric and the facts he presented to back his arguments are selective. Therefore, using historical facts, I criticize Fukuyama’s views on the crisis of development in Africa while proposing a framework of ‘modernizing without westernizing’ as requisite for strengthening state and nation-building as well as economic development in Africa.

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Ibrahim Lawal Ahmed, Peking University, China

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Political Science

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Ahmed I. (2024) Critique of Francis Fukuyama’s Views on State Formation in Africa ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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