The monograph is convincing and Quinn’s intricate theoretical linkage from international system and domestic factors to political and economic governance outcomes in Africa is a valuable contribution to the field. . . Africanists will benefit from Quinn’s careful consideration of the overall effect of changes in the international system on politics across the sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile International Relations scholars will be grateful for how he maps out how hierarchical relations between states can affect regional politics during periods that are critical junctures.