The journal

Published by the Association des chercheurs de Politique africaine and Karthala publising press, Politique africaine is a multidisciplinary peer review journal centered on the analysis of politics in Africa. Founded in 1981 as a clear departure from conventional approaches on Africa, it has emerged in France and abroad, as a reference publication for the whole of the international expert community on the continent.

For more than 40 years, the journal has been instrumental in de-exoticising Western academic perceptions about African politics. Politique africaine offers an innovative reading of the place of politics in African societies, contributing to a more detailed analysis of developments taking place in Africa and its relations with the rest of the world.

Each issue is structured around a particular topic,  country or regional area case studies.

With more than 160 issues published, the academic journal values fresh empirical data and theoretical approach. The journal gives priority to unpublished fieldworks, is wide open to African authors and strives to strengthen collaboration with various research organizations from the continent. Politique africaine also aims to bridge the gap between in-depth academic researches and current affairs analysis. It wishes to provide a larger readership outside the academia with keys to understanding the vagaries of the continent.

All the articles from issues 1 to 72 of the journal are available for open access on our website (section “numéros parus“) and on the website of Archives de Politique africaine ( The journal has also been online on the CAIRN website since 2001 with a one-year moving barrier. The Carnet de la revue discloses the latest issues published and the scientific news from the journal and the ACPA.

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