A Post State-Centric Analysis of China-Africa Relations

Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and State-Society Relations in Ethiopia

Edson Ziso



This book offers a new alternative to understanding the relationship between China and Africa. Here, the author not only explores the changing nature of Ethiopia’s internal politics as a result of Chinese investment and commercial links, but also compellingly questions the existing state-centric macro or strategic investigation of China-Africa relations. By thoroughly reviewing and deploying the ‘second image reversed’ approach and the relational concept of state power analytical approaches, Ziso challenges the Western-centric Weberian conceptualization of state.


First book to include an in-depth analysis of Chinese capital and its hitherto neglected impact on state-society relations in a sub-Saharan African country.


Edson Ziso is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.