Hegemony and crisis of state in post-colonial societies: A theoretical exploration

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Fadakinte, M.M.
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Scholars have explained the implications of colonization on the colonial societies, but none has explained the implications to include crisis of hegemony and crisis of state. And this is the thrust of this paper, an interrogation of hegemony and the state in order to explain why post-colonial societies lack hegemonic order and a stable state resulting in instability, violence and chaos making it difficult for post-colonial societies to experience growth and then develop. Crisis of hegemony and crisis of state are occasioned by lack of cohesive dominant class, the dominant class that is always in rancorous, violent and sometimes bloody factional struggle for power and because of that, the post-colonial societies do not have the peace to evolve hegemonic order, a process that will embody the dominant values and culture that will guide the society. Consequently, because of their belligerent dominant class, the post-colonial societies find it difficult to evolve a ruling class that will consolidate a state, as a result, there is no stable state to articulate meaningful policies for the development of the society. Thus, there is need to redefine state-society relations in the post-colonial societies, within a new paradigm of state formation that will reflect their colonial experience.
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hegemony , colonization , post-colonial societies , crisis of state , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Political science
Fadakinte, M. M. (2017). Hegemony and crisis of state in post-colonial societies: A theoretical exploration. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 19(1), 118-136