The nature of the state and the ideological thrust of state policies continue to shape the character of the economy and social relations in Nigeria. This book analyzes how neo-liberal state economic policies and political reforms have impacted on state-society relations, economic and class configurations, social composition of power, social welfare and cohesion in post-military Nigeria. The Nigerian state more than ever remains a contested political project, with trepidation over its course and future. This collection points to key policy recommendations that may be crucial in re-directing the future of the country.
"This is a finely conceptualized book with the potential to redefine the debate on democratic reforms and the nature of the state in arguably the most important country in sub-Saharan Africa: Nigeria. Said Adejumobi, himself a household name in Africanist political science, has assembled a formidable team of academics and scholar-activists. This volume will make an important addition to the emerging corpus on an important period in the political history of Nigeria."--Ebenezer Obadare, Assistant Professor of Sociology, the University of Kansas "This collection is the first major study that is available on Nigeria after a period of prolonged military rule. It offers a comprehensive review of the country's uneasy quest to consolidate democratic governance at a time of far-reaching socio-economic change. Readers will find it to be an accessible reference material produced by some of the leading students of politics, economy, and society in contemporary Nigeria."--Adebayo Olukoshi, Director, UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning