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The Creation and Maintenance of National Boundaries in Africa

Jeffrey Herbst
International Organization
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 673-692
Published by: MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2706803
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

A paradox is central to the nature of political boundaries in Africa: there is widespread agreement that the boundaries are arbitrary, yet the vast majority of them have remained virtually untouched since the late 1800s, when they were first demarcated. This article argues that, contrary to current theories, the present boundary system represents a rational response by both the colonialists and the present-day African leaders to the constraints imposed by the demographic and ethnographic structure of the continent. Using this framework of analysis, the article examines the institutions that formulated the decision-making rules for the creation and maintenance of boundaries in Africa, discusses the conditions under which cooperation among states has occurred, and explores the prospects for future changes in the borders of African states.

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