About the Author
Claude Ake is director of the Center for Advanced Social Science and a member and the former dean of the faculty of social sciences of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is a former president of the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research, the umbrella social science organization in Africa. He has recently been a fellow at both the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His books include A Theory of Political Integration (1967), The Theory of Political Development (1982), and A Political Economy of Africa (1982).