The Problem of Bad Governance as a Determinant of State Dysfunctionality in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Robert Kłosowicz Jagiellonian University in Kraków



state dysfunctionality, bad governance, Sub-Saharan Africa


Bad governance can very quickly ruin the economic situation of the whole country. However, in the conditions of the Western world, even though they can cause a lot of damage, more or less developed administrative apparatus is able to minimize the effects of bad decisions, and the society has a chance to rebuff the rulers in the next elections. In so-called dysfunctional states bad governance can damage an already weak country’s economy. Most researchers dealing with the issue of the state in Sub-Saharan Africa believe that, once the decolonisation was over, the power in the region was mostly taken by people whose leadership must be evaluated negatively, represented by such dictators as Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Mobutu Sese Seko or Idi Amin. The paper is trying to explain the interconnection between bad governance experienced by Sub-Saharan African countries and state dysfunctionality phenomenon from which they suffer. The author formulated the analysis and assessment of bad governance presented in this article on the basis of his own field studies carried out in African countries and research of specialist literature related to African and political studies.


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Author Biography

Robert Kłosowicz, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Professor of the Jagiellonian University, historian and researcher of international relations, employed in the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at the Jagiellonian University. He specializes in research on the relationship between diplomacy and military forces, the issues of international security and armed conflicts. His research interests include also history of international relations in the 19th and 20th century, U. S. foreign policy and international relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Author of fourteen monographs and a few dozen of academic articles. Member of seven national and international scientific societies, as well as of the National Security Strategic Review expert group of the President of the Republic of Poland (in the years 2010-2012).


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How to Cite

Kłosowicz, Robert. 2019. “The Problem of Bad Governance As a Determinant of State Dysfunctionality in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Politeja 15 (5(56):9-22.