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Richard Joseph's seminal 1987 publication Democracy and Prebendal Politics in Nigeria represented a watershed second within the realizing of the political dynamics of Nigeria. This groundbreaking assortment brings jointly students from throughout disciplines to evaluate the importance of Joseph's paintings and the present country of Nigerian politics.

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Under Adams’ leadership, the OPC’s activities expanded into more assertive political work such as the settlement of local disputes and vigilantism (Nolte 2007). Attracted by the OPC’s program of crime control, political activism, and Yoruba reempowerment, disenfranchised young men constituted the majority of the OPC’s active members. 8 The OPC’s expanding control of grassroots politics acted as a clear reminder of the entrenched nature of Yoruba grievances vis-à-vis the central government. But at the same time, the OPC’s claim to political ownership of Awolowo’s vision, the combative attitude of its leadership, and its sheer scale enabled a younger generation of Yoruba political activists engaged in its activities to break from their elders in a way that challenged the assumption— historically entrenched through the transformation of Awolowo and his followers into national heroes—of the implicit legitimacy of seniority (Olarinmoye 2007, 22).

Against this background, the first part of this volume examines governance and the political economy of prebendalism. The chapters in this part explore the implications of prebendalism for the processes of organizing for power, capturing or accessing privilege and the spoils of power, the dynamics and structures of governance, and the political economy of rule. At the center of the chapters in this section, whether explicitly or tacitly, is the question of the “national cake”—who should, and how to, access it, or who should, and how to, share (in) it.

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