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Federalism and Internal Conflicts

The Political Economy of Federalism in Nigeria

Authors: Babalola, Dele

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  • Contributes to the understanding of the dynamics of federalism in a multinational state
  • Demonstrates that there is a dialectical relationship between Nigeria's political economy and its federal system, with the former shaping the latter
  • Shows how the federal political framework continues to be a facade masking the economic reality of a failed distribution of national resources
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This book uses the political economy approach to examine the relative failure of federalism in Nigeria. It shows the nexus between the political and the economic aspects of the country’s federalism. The central feature of Nigeria’s political economy is the relationship between oil resources and the state. The author argues that the inability of the federal government to distribute the oil wealth fairly amongst the component units contributes to the dysfunctional character of the federal system. This deficiency is rooted in the country’s unbalanced political economy, which promotes over-dependency on oil and consequently an over-centralised federal system. The book concludes that despite its complexities, federalism has become the basis for the country’s stability. Therefore, ethno-regional demands for ‘true federalism’ will continue until the political elite reform the ailing federal system.

About the authors

​Dele Babalola is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at Baze University, Nigeria. He formerly taught at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK. He edited Nigeria, a Country under Siege: Issues of Conflict and its Management (with H. Onapajo, 2018).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Federalism in Nigeria
Authors
Series Title
Federalism and Internal Conflicts
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05493-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05493-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05492-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 180
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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