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Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo


Makau W. Mutua


State University of New York at Buffalo Law School

2013

50 Years Since Independence: Where is Kenya? ed. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (Nairobi: Footprints Press, 2013), pp. 238-245

Abstract:     
Kenya, like most post-colonial African states, has yet to cohere into a nation. It is a nation in embryo. Nation building has been retarded by a kleptocratic elite incapable of defining -- and sustaining -- Kenya's national interests. Public corruption, political mobilization along ethnic lines, and an underdeveloped party culture have undermined the creation of a national consciousness in East Africa's anchor state.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: Kenya, post-colonial state, national consciousness, state in embryo, national interest, ethnicity, public corruption

JEL Classification: N47

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Date posted: February 6, 2014  

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Mutua, Makau W., Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo (2013). 50 Years Since Independence: Where is Kenya? ed. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (Nairobi: Footprints Press, 2013), pp. 238-245. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2390796

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Makau Mutua (Contact Author)
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School ( email )
319 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States

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