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

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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: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN MUKUM MBAKU is Professor of Economics at Weber State University. He is the Associate Editor (Africa) of the Journal of Third World Studies and President of the African Educational Foundation, Inc.

SURESH CHANDRA SAXENA is Reader (Retired) in the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi.

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Table of Contents

1 Africa at the crossroads 1
2 Africa at the crossroads of globalization 21
3 Globalization and popular disenchantment in Africa 49
4 A Tale of three images : globalization, marginalization, and the sovereignty of the African nation-state 93
5 Regionalism and regional cooperation in Africa : new century challenges and prospects 121
6 The new East African community : a defense and security organ as the missing link 147
7 The African union : Africa's giant step toward continental unity 163
8 Fighting poverty and deprivation in Africa : the continuing struggle 191
9 Internet connectivity and development in Africa : look before you "leapfrog" 211
10 Decentralization and privatization of infrastructure 233
11 Beyond rhetoric : peacekeeping in Africa in the new millennium 267
12 Cultural diversity, societal conflict, and sustainable peace in Africa : consociational democracy revisited 287
13 State repair and democratic development in Africa 315
14 Ethnicity, agonism of difference, and national imagining in postcolonial Africa 337
15 The struggle for stability in Nigeria's contemporary politics (1990-1999) and the lessons for the fourth republic 371
16 Imperialism and militarism in Africa : the political economy of French arms sales and military interventions, 1960-1980 387
Selected biliography 429
Index 443
About the editors and contributors 461
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