Africa at the Crossroads: Between Regionalism and Globalization / Edition 1

Africa at the Crossroads: Between Regionalism and Globalization / Edition 1

by John Mukum Mbaku
     
 

Mbaku, Saxena, and their contributors examine the problems faced by Africa as it decides what to do to improve its ability to contribute to and benefit from the new globalization. Today, the continent stands at a crossroads; it must choose between joining the new global society and pursuing a process of internal self-reliance. The dilemma the continent faces is how

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Mbaku, Saxena, and their contributors examine the problems faced by Africa as it decides what to do to improve its ability to contribute to and benefit from the new globalization. Today, the continent stands at a crossroads; it must choose between joining the new global society and pursuing a process of internal self-reliance. The dilemma the continent faces is how to participate in and benefit from the new global economy as well as retain and also benefit from its emerging regional economic and political schemes.

The book is written by a group of highly skilled and committed Africanists and is intended to make a significant contribution to the debate on poverty alleviation in Africa as well as on improving Africa's ability to participate in and benefit from the new globalization and how to achieve the type of peaceful coexistence in Africa that will enhance economic growth and development. It contains a refreshing, vigorous, and informative analysis of poverty alleviation strategies in the continent, how to achieve lasting peace and enhance the peaceful co-existence of population groups, and how to improve the continent's ability to participate more effectively in the new globalization. It emphasizes the importance of good policies and laws and institutions not only to peaceful coexistence, but also to sustainable poverty alleviation strategies. As Africans prepare themselves and their societies for the new globalization, it is critical that they provide themselves with governance structures that are locally-focused, and that enhance peace and sustainable development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275980207
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Acknowledgments
Acronyms
1Africa at the crossroads1
2Africa at the crossroads of globalization21
3Globalization and popular disenchantment in Africa49
4A Tale of three images : globalization, marginalization, and the sovereignty of the African nation-state93
5Regionalism and regional cooperation in Africa : new century challenges and prospects121
6The new East African community : a defense and security organ as the missing link147
7The African union : Africa's giant step toward continental unity163
8Fighting poverty and deprivation in Africa : the continuing struggle191
9Internet connectivity and development in Africa : look before you "leapfrog"211
10Decentralization and privatization of infrastructure233
11Beyond rhetoric : peacekeeping in Africa in the new millennium267
12Cultural diversity, societal conflict, and sustainable peace in Africa : consociational democracy revisited287
13State repair and democratic development in Africa315
14Ethnicity, agonism of difference, and national imagining in postcolonial Africa337
15The struggle for stability in Nigeria's contemporary politics (1990-1999) and the lessons for the fourth republic371
16Imperialism and militarism in Africa : the political economy of French arms sales and military interventions, 1960-1980387
Selected biliography429
Index443
About the editors and contributors461

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