The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960-2000 / Edition 1

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The period from 1960 to 2000 was one of remarkable growth and transformation in the world economy. Why did most of Sub-Saharan Africa fail to develop over this period? Why did a few small African economies succeed spectacularly? The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960-2000 is by far the most ambitious and comprehensive assessment of Africa's post-independence economic performance to date. Volume 1 examines the impact of resource wealth and geographical remoteness on Africa's growth and develops a new dataset of governance regimes covering all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Separate chapters analyze the dominant patterns of governance observed over the period and their impact on growth, the ideological formation of the political elite, the roots of political violence and reform, and the lessons of the 1960-2000 period for contemporary growth strategy. Volume 2 contains the twenty-six detailed country studies on which these analyses are based. These volumes are an invaluable resource for researchers and policy-makers concerned with the economic development of Africa.
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"The book is chock-full of fascinating data, interesting hypotheses, and country details; it is a rich review of Africa's troubled postcolonial economic history that will be a reference and an inspiration for political economists for years to come." - Nicolas Van de Walle, Foreign Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521878487
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Benno J. Ndulu works in the Africa region of the World Bank where he serves as Advisor to the Vice-President.

Stephen A. O'Connell is Eugene M. Lang Research Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College.

Jean-Paul Azam is Professor of Economics at the University of Toulouse and at the Institut Universitaire de France.

Robert H. Bates is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University.

Augustin Fosu is Deputy Director of the World Institute for Development Economics Research at the United Nations University.

Jan Willem Gunning is Professor of Development Economics at the Free University, Amsterdam and Director of the Amsterdam Institute for International Development.

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Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; 1. Overview Stephen A. O'Connell; Part I. Landlocked Economies: 2. Why has Burundi grown so slowly? The political economy of redistribution Janvier D. Nkurunziza and Floribert Ngaruko; 3. Cotton, war and growth in Chad (1960–2000) Jean-Paul Azam and Nadjiounoum Djimtoingar; 4. The political economy of growth in Ethiopia Alemayehu Geda; 5. Man-made opportunities and growth in Malawi Chinyamata Chipeta and Mjedo Mkandawire; 6. Climate vulnerability, political instability, investment and growth in a landlocked, Sahelian economy: Niger, 1960–2000 Ousmane Samba Mamadou and Mahaman Sani Yakoubou; 7. Explaining Sudan's economic growth performance Ali Abdel Gadir Ali and Ibrahim A. Elbadawi; 8. Restarting and sustaining growth in a post-conflict economy: the case of Uganda Louis A. Kasekende and Michael Atingi-Ego; Part II. Coastal Economies: 9. Economic growth in Ghana: 1960–2000 Ernest Aryeetey and Augustin K. Fosu; 10. Explaining African economic growth performance: the case of Kenya Francis M. Mwega and Njuguna S. Ndung'u; 11. A shared growth story of economic success: the case of Mauritius Shyam Nath and Yeti Nisha Madhoo; 12. State control and poor economic growth performance in Senegal Mansour Ndiaye; 13. Tanzania: explaining four decades of episodic growth Nkunde Mwase and Benno Ndulu; 14. Togo: lost opportunities for growth Tchabouré Aimé Gogué and Kodjo Evlo; Part III. Resource-rich Economies: 15. The indigenous developmental state and growth in Botswana Gervase S. Maipose and Thalepo C. Matsheka; 16. The political economy of Cameroon's post-independence growth experience Georges Kobou, Dominique Njinkeu and Bruno Powo Fosso; 17. Explaining economic growth in Africa: the case of Guinea Sékou F. Doumbouya and Fodé Camara; 18. Explaining African economic growth performance: the case of Nigeria Milton A. Iyoha and Dickson E. Oriakhi; 19. Sierra Leone's economic growth performance, 1961–2000 Victor A. B. Davies; Index. On the CD-Rom: Appendix to Part I - Landlocked Economies: 20. Analyzing Growth in Burkina Faso over the Last Four Decades Kimseyinga Savadogo, Siaka Coulibaly and Coleen A. McCracken; 21. Mali: Du 'tout Etat' à la croissance invisible Massa Coulibaly and Amadou Diarra; Appendix to Part II - Coastal Economies: 22. Economic Growth in Benin: Lost Opportunities Antonin S. Dossou, Jean-Yves Sinzogan and Sylviane Mensah; 23. Explication de la Croissance en Cote d'Ivoire Kouadio Benie Marcel; 24. Mozambique's Growth Performance, 1960–96 Clara de Sousa and José Sulemane; Appendix to Part III - Resource-rich Economies: 25. Croissance off-shore au Congo et Economie Rentière Célestin Tsassa and Benjamin Yamb; 26. A case study of Namibia Tekaligne Godana and John E. Odada; 27. Zambia Inyambo Mwanawina and James Mulungushi.

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