Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo
Makau W. Mutua
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
50 Years Since Independence: Where is Kenya? ed. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (Nairobi: Footprints Press, 2013), pp. 238-245
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: N47Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 6, 2014
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