Predatory State

Andrew Palmer

  • The Misrule of Siyad Barre

    Siyad Barre reportedly said: “When I leave Somalia, I will leave behind buildings but not people.”[1] By the end of his period in control Somalia was marked by oppression, corruption on a grand scale and clan patronage. A man who had, at the start of his period in office, promised much and had performed some […]

  • The Predatory State

    Peter Lewis identified the nature of the predatory state in his 1996 article on Nigeria, “From Prebendalism to Predation” (P. M. Lewis 1996). Lewis says that after 1990 President Babangida, “concentrated political authority and economic discretion to an unprecedented degree in Nigeria, fostering the emergence of predatory rule.”[1] Citing Linz, Lewis referred to the nature of […]