The African Association of Political Science

The African Association for Political Science (AAPS) was launched in Dar es Salaam in 1974 as the premier platform for discussing the state of African politics, governance, the state, economy and society. The city, in same year, hosted discussions that led to the idea of a New International Economic Order and the Right to Development. These two ideas would later be adopted by the United Nations as universal demands in the form of formal resolutions that placed Africa on the map as an originator of globally-significant revolutionary ideas. These ideas were incubated also in AAPS as the association’s meetings helped shape the thinking about the building of an independent, peaceful, united, integrated, and prosperous Africa during the turbulent decades following the euphoria of the 1960s and the hopes for the Uhuru

AAPS was crucial for calling into question development models, state models, leadership models, knowledge models and policy prescripts coming from dominant global powers and international finance institutions like the IMF and the World Bank, ideas that bedeviled newly independent states and helped to turn the hope of the 1960s into impediments and nightmares of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. AAPS was crucial in conceptualizing for Africa the meaning of the end of the Cold War and the waves of democracy as well as the inception of African renaissance in the 2000s. 

Logo: Ashanti Chief's Stool

The logo is an artistic depiction of an Ashanti Chief's stool, decorated with strips of intricately patterned gold. A powerful symbol of leadership and ancestral lineage in their highest regard.

Artist:     PNHD/2021 

AAPS Revival Agenda

An Association Anew...
Since AAPS’ collapse in 2014/5, when one of its champions, Professor Kunle Amuwo, passed away - it suddenly left a huge lacuna in this area of work. African scholarship has been poorer without an association or society to provide conditions for an intellectual community that would re-engage African political thought and activism epitomized by the likes of Claude Ake, Mwesiga Baregu, Ali Mazrui, Luc Sindjoun, Ibbo Mandaza, Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, Said Adejumobi, Tandika Nkiwane, Osita Agbu, Kenneth Acheampong, Kwame Aning, Dani Nabudere, Rwekaza Mukandala, and others.

There is consensus within the political science and related fraternities today that there is a need for an association to help provide platforms for tackling the old and new political questions of our time.  Such an association would build on the legacy of AAPS, but reach further in relation to issues, facilities and challenges of our time today. Therefore, the launch conference for the new association looks back into the AAPS days in order to look forward into emerging issues and questions both in its intellectual agenda and in the manner in which it will be managed. It will draw in national associations, national departments in political science and related fields, individual scholars including emerging scholars from the continent and in the African diaspora. With this, we also hope to bring back the iconic African Journal of Political Science journal, but this time as an open-access online journal 
The Late, Professor Kunle Amuwo