Boone, Catherine

Professor Catherine Boone  


Position held

Professor of Comparative Politics and African Political Economy


Professor of Comparative Politics and African Political Economy


Experience keywords:

Africa; Comparative politics; Political Science; economic development; institutions; property rights

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Current research interests include: Property rights and development, territorial politics and political geography in state- and institution-building, land tenure and land use policy, institutional approaches to political explanation and their critics, subnational political analysis, African political economy, land politics in post-conflict settings.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Ghana; Kenya; Senegal; Sub-Saharan Africa; Tanzania; including Côte d'Ivoire

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio

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+44 (0)207 107 5153

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Wahman, Michael and Boone, Catherine (2017) Captured countryside? Stability and change in sub-national support for African incumbent parties Journal of Comparative Politics . ISSN 0010-4159

Boone, Catherine (2017) Sons of the soil conflict in Africa: institutional determinants of ethnic conflict over land World Development. ISSN 0305-750X


Boone, Catherine (2016) Land and property institutions: endogenous origins and equilibrium effects In: Cheeseman, Nick, (ed.) Institutions and African Political Development. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.


Boone, Catherine (2015) Land tenure regimes and state structure in rural Africa: implications for the forms of resistance to large-scale land acquisitions by outsiders Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 33 (2). 171-190. ISSN 0258-9001

Boone, Catherine and Nyeme, Lydia (2015) Land institutions and political ethnicity in Africa: evidence from Tanzania Journal of Comparative Politics , 48 (1). ISSN 0010-4159

Boone, Catherine and Wahman, Michael (2015) Rural bias in African electoral systems: legacies of unequal representation in African democracies Electoral Studies, 40. 335-346. ISSN 0261-3794


Boone, Catherine (2014) Property and political order: land rights and the structure of conflict in Africa Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107649934


Lund, Christian and Boone, Catherine (2013) [Introduction]: Land politics in Africa: constituting authority over territory, property and persons Africa: the Journal of the International African Institute, 83 (1). 1-13. ISSN 0001-9720

Boone, Catherine (2013) Land regimes and the structure of politics: patterns of land-related conflict Africa: the Journal of the International African Institute, 83 (1). 188-203. ISSN 0001-9720


Boone, Catherine (2012) Contested land rights in rural Africa: Ghana and Kenya compared In: Lust, Ellen M. and Ndegwa, Steven N., (eds.) Governing Africa’s Changing Societies: Dynamics of Reform. Lynne Rienner Press, Boulder, CO, USA, 73-110. ISBN 9781588268341

Boone, Catherine and Kriger, Norma (2012) Land patronage and elections: winners and losers in Zimbabwe and Côte d'Ivoire In: Bekoe, Dorina A., (ed.) Voting in Fear: Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. USIP Press, Washington, DC, USA, 75-117. ISBN 9781601271365

Boone, Catherine (2012) Territorial politics and the reach of the state: unevenness by design Revista de Ciencia Política (Santiago), 32 (3). 623-641. ISSN 0718-090X

Boone, Catherine (2012) Land conflict and distributive politics in Kenya African Studies Review, 55 (1). 75-103. ISSN 0002-0206

Boone, Catherine and Duku, Dennis Kwame (2012) Ethnic land rights in Western Ghana: landlord–stranger relations in the democratic era Development and Change, 43 (3). 671-693. ISSN 0012-155X


Boone, Catherine (2011) Politically allocated land rights and the geography of electoral violence: the case of Kenya in the 1990s Comparative Political Studies, 44 (10). 1311-1342. ISSN 0010-4140


Boone, Catherine and Kriger, Norman (2010) Multiparty elections and land patronage: Zimbabwe and Côte d'Ivoire Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 48 (2). 173-202. ISSN 1466-2043


Boone, Catherine (2009) The China model in Africa: a new brand of developmentalism In: Springborg, Robert, (ed.) Development Models in Muslim Contexts: Chinese, 'Islamic' and Neo-Liberal Alternatives. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 47-83. ISBN 9780748639687

Boone, Catherine (2009) Electoral populism where property rights are weak: land politics in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa Comparative Politics, 41 (2). 183-201. ISSN 0010-4159


Boone, Catherine and Batsell, Jake (2007) Political science, international relations, and AIDS in Africa In: Ostergard, Robert, (ed.) HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, 3-36. ISBN 9781403933232

Boone, Catherine (2007) Africa's new territorial politics: regionalism and the open economy in Côte d'Ivoire African Studies Review, 50 (1). 59-81. ISSN 0002-0206

Boone, Catherine (2007) Property and constitutional order: land tenure reform and the future of the African state African Affairs, 106 (425). 557-586. ISSN 0001-9909


Boone, Catherine (2006) Merchant capital and the roots of state power in Senegal, 1930-1985 Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521030397


Boone, Catherine (2005) State, capital, and the politics of banking reform in sub-Saharan Africa Comparative Politics, 37 (4). 401-420. ISSN 0010-4159


Boone, Catherine (2004) [Book review]: China in the “easy phase” of opening Issues and Studies: an International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs , 40 (1). 226-231. ISSN 1013-2511

Boone, Catherine and Henry, Clement (2004) Neoliberalism in the Middle East and Africa: divergent banking reform trajectories, 1980s to 2000 Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 42 (3). 356-392. ISSN 1466-2043


Boone, Catherine (2003) [Book review]: Poststructuralism as a historical condition American Anthropologist, 105 (2). 359-363. ISSN 0002-7294

Boone, Catherine (2003) Political topographies of the African state: territorial authority and institutional choice Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521532648

Boone, Catherine (2003) Decentralization as political strategy in West Africa Comparative Political Studies, 36 (4). 355-380. ISSN 0010-4140

Boone, Catherine and Olvera, Elia (2003) Presentación Istor: Revista de Historia Internacional, IV (14). 1-12. ISSN 1665-1715


Boone, Catherine (2001) AIDS, international relations, and political science Estudios internacionales, Documentos de Trabajo, DTEI-76. Centro de Investigaction y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico.

Boone, Catherine and Henry, Clement (2001) Banking reform in the Middle East and North Africa: 1980-2000 Estudios internacionales, Documentos de Trabajo, DTEI-77. Centro de Investigaction y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico.

Boone, Catherine and Batsell, Jake (2001) Politics and AIDS in Africa: research agendas in political science and international relations Africa Today, 48 (2). 3-33. ISSN 0001-9887

Boone, Catherine (2001) Las nuevas perspectivas de Africa ante el milenio Istor: Revista de Historia Internacional, II (7). 101-114. ISSN 1665-1715


Boone, Catherine (1998) The making of a rentier class: wealth accumulation and political control in Senegal In: Lewis, Peter, (ed.) Africa: Dilemmas of Development and Change. Westview Press, Perseus Books Group, Boulder, CO, USA, 185-212. ISBN 9780813327556

Boone, Catherine (1998) State building in the African countryside: structure and politics at the grassroots Journal of Development Studies, 34 (4). 1-31. ISSN 0022-0388

Thioub, Ibrahima and Diop, Momar-Coumba and Boone, Catherine (1998) Economic liberalization in Senegal: shifting politics of indigenous business interests African Studies Review, 41 (2). 63-89. ISSN 0002-0206


Boone, Catherine (1997) [Book review:] Senegal: an African nation between Islam and the West, 2nd edition by Sheldon Gellar International Journal of African Historical Studies, 30 (1). 235-237. ISSN 0361-7882

Boone, Catherine (1997) 'Empirical statehood' and reconfigurations of political order In: Villalon, Leonardo and Huxtable, Philip, (eds.) The African State at a Critical Juncture: Between Disintegration and Reconfiguration. Lynne Rienner Press, Boulder, CO, USA, 129-142. ISBN 9781555876289

Boone, Catherine and Thioub, Ibrahima and Diop, Momar-Coumba (1997) La libéralisation de l’économie et les luttes d'intérêts au Sénégal Revue Sociétés Africaines et Diaspora (5). 5-45. ISSN 1275-4099


Boone, Catherine (1996) Rural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa: whose battle? What stakes? Working paper series 14, 2. Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute of International Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.


Boone, Catherine (1995) Rural interests and the making of modern African states African Economic History (23). 1-36. ISSN 0145-2258

Boone, Catherine (1995) The social origins of Ivoirian exceptionalism: rural society and state formation Comparative Politics, 27 (4). 445-464. ISSN 0010-4159


Boone, Catherine (1994) Rentierism and local accumulation in Senegal In: Berman, Bruce J. and Leys, Colin, (eds.) African Capitalists in African Development. Lynne Rienner Press, Boulder, CO, USA, 163-188. ISBN 9781555874177

Boone, Catherine (1994) States and ruling classes in sub-Saharan Africa: the enduring contradictions of power In: Migdal, Joel Samuel and Kohli, Atul and Shue, Vivienne, (eds.) State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 108-142. ISBN 9780521467346

Boone, Catherine (1994) Trade, taxes, and tribute: market liberalizations and the new importers in West Africa World Development, 22 (3). 453-467. ISSN 0305-750X


Boone, Catherine (1993) Rise and decline of Senegal's light industry: the merchant-capital logic of accumulation In: Année Africaine 1992-1993. Collection année africaine. Editions A. Pédone, Paris, France, 269-282. ISBN 9782950332846

Boone, Catherine (1993) Commerce in Côte d'Ivoire: Ivoirianisation without Ivoirian traders The Journal of Modern African Studies, 31 (1). 67-92. ISSN 0022-278X


Boone, Catherine (1992) Protection and monopoly: the political strains of import-substitution industrialization In: Ahene, Rexford A. and Katz, Bernard S., (eds.) Privatization and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Praeger, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 95-116. ISBN 9780275933746


Boone, Catherine (1991) Politics under the spectre of deindustrialization: 'structural adjustment' in practice In: Delgado, Chris and Jammeh, Sidi, (eds.) The Political Economy of Senegal Under Structural Adjustment. SAIS Studies on Africa. Praeger, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 127-150. ISBN 9780275935252


Boone, Catherine (1990) State power and economic crisis in Senegal Comparative Politics, 22 (3). 341-357. ISSN 0010-4159

Boone, Catherine (1990) The making of a rentier class: wealth accumulation and political control in Senegal Journal of Development Studies, 26 (3). 425-449. ISSN 0022-0388

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