The African Union's Africa
New Pan-African Initiatives in Global Governance
Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Sales Date: 2014-11-01
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.
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