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Introduction  

Carl Levan and Patrick Ukata

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...idea of Nigeria sprang from the imperial imagination. The name “is only an English expression which has been made to comprehend a number of natives covering about 500,000 square miles of territory of the world,” wrote the wife of its most famous British administrator ( Lugard 1906 , p. 7). But construction of the Nigerian nation, its resilience in the face of historical and geographical adversity, and its progress following the unexpected traumas of the post-independent era, are enduring testaments to its people and proof of its promise. The Oxford Handbook of Nigerian...

The “Resource Curse” and the Constraints on Reforming Nigeria’s Oil Sector  

Zainab Usman

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...Dependency. Oxford: James Currey. The Economis t (1977). “The Dutch Disease,” London: The Economist U.S. Embassy Abuja (2011). Re: Analysis for Comment – Nigeria – Barriers to Reform of Nigerian Oil & Gas – The Petroleum Industry Bill #1365386. Wikileaks. < https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/13/1365386_re-analysis-for-comment-nigeria-barriers-to-reform-of.html > accessed December 7, 2015. Usman, Z. (2017). The Political Economy of Economic Diversification in Nigeria. DPhil. Thesis. University of Oxford. Usman, Z. (2018). “The Successes and Failures of Economic...

Pastoralism, Ethnicity, and Subnational Conflict Resolution in the Middle Belt  

Laura Thaut Vinson

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...Cattle Rustling in Northern Nigeria,” Africa Spectrum 51 (3): 93–105. Osaghae, E. (1998). Crippled Giant: Nigeria Since Independence. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Osaghae, E. and Suberu, T. (2005). “A History of Identities, Violence, and Stability in Nigeria,” CRISE Working Paper No. 6, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. Paden, J. N. (2008). Faith and Politics in Nigeria: Nigeria as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World . Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace. Pratten, D. (2008). “The Politics of Protection: Perspectives...

Islamic Social Movements and Political Unrest in Nigerian History  

Abimbola Adesoji

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...and the Unity of the Nigerian State . Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. Isichei, Elizabeth (1987).“The Maitatsine Risings in Nigeria, 1980–1985: A Revolt of the Disinherited,” Journal of Religion in Africa 17 (3): 194–208. Johnston, H. A. S. (1967). The Fulani Empire of Sokoto . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kazah-Toure, Toure (2001). “A Discourse on the Citizenship Question in Nigeria,” Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs 4 (1): 41–61. Kukah, Matthew Hassan (1993). Religion, Politics and Power in Northern Nigeria . Ibadan: Spectrum...

Legislative Development and Decadence in the Fourth Republic National Assembly  

Rotimi Suberu

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...Routledge Handbook of African Politics (pp. 252–264). London/New York: Routledge. Benjamin, Solomon (2014). “The Legislature and Constituency Representation,” in Ladi Hamalai and Rotimi Suberu (eds), The National Assembly and Democratic Governance in Nigeria (pp. 324–366). Abuja: NILS. Egwu, Samuel and Jake Dan-Azumi (2016). National Assembly Institutional and Capacity Needs Assessment. Abuja: National Institute for Legislative Studies. Fashagba, Joseph (2009). “Legislative Oversight under the Nigerian Presidential System,” Journal of Legislative...

Faith, Fame, and Fortune: Varieties of Nigerian Worship in Global Christianity  

Asonzeh Ukah

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...1000–1900 . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ukah, Asonzeh (2005). “‘Those Who Trade with God Never Lose’: The Economics of Pentecostal Activism in Nigeria,” in Toyin Falola (ed.), Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of J. D. Y. Peel (pp. 253–254). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. Ukah, Asonzeh (2016a). “Expansion,” in Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion (pp. 665–683). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ukah, Asonzeh (2016ai). “The Deregulation of Piety in the Context of Neoliberal...

State Formation in Precolonial Nigeria  

Nonso Obikili

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...such patterns feature regularly in early state formation in modern-day Nigeria. The Decentralized States The Nok are perhaps the earliest example of a decentralized state in early Nigeria. They were a collection of people with common practices, norms, and interactions, but seemingly without a strict hierarchical political structure governing all. They are, however, not the only example of a decentralized state. At the beginning of the colonial conquest by the British, large swathes of Nigeria were still occupied by what can only be described as decentralized states...

Elections and Electoral Performance  

Nkwachukwu Orji

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...Plotnicov, L. (1971). “An Early Nigerian Civil Disturbance: The 1945 Hausa–Ibo Riot in Jos,” Journal of Modern African Studies 9 (2): 297–305. Post, K. (1964). The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959 . London: Oxford University Press. Post, K. W. J. and Vickers, M. (1973). Structure and Conflict in Nigeria 1960–1966 . Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. Situation Room (Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room) (2015). Report on Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections . Abuja: Situation Room. Sklar, R. L. (2004). Nigerian Political Parties: Power in an Emergent...

The People’s Democratic Party: From the 1999 Transition to the 2015 Turnover  

Adigun Agbaje, Adeolu Akande, and Jide Ojo

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...pointed to the image and reality of the PDP as a behemoth destined, in the words of party leaders, to rule Nigeria for an unbroken sixty years, despite worrying developments at the macro level of Nigerian governance and politics. As it was already typical of the Nigerian political scene by then, politicians from the other political parties started trooping into the PDP in preparation for the 2003 elections, buoying the confidence of the party. The party grew in strength as it settled in government, not necessarily for the quality of its performance in governance but...

Fiscal Federalism, Subnational Politics, and State Creation in Contemporary Nigeria  

Olufunmbi Elemo

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...overview of Nigeria’s political and fiscal contexts, allowing us to understand how, historically, access to various forms of revenue has motivated politics in Nigeria. Neopatrimonialism, Federalism, and Citizen–Elite Relations in Nigeria: A Historical Overview According to Bratton’s and van de Walle’s (1997) seminal work, neopatrimonialism—the incorporation of patrimonial logic and traditional, informal authority into bureaucratic institutions—is a “hallmark” of African politics. Three key features delineate neopatrimonal regimes: concentration of political...

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