The Politics of Africa's Economic Recovery

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Overview

According to the official development ideology of the 1990s, political reform must accompany economic liberalisation. Investors, lenders, and aid donors have become disillusioned with autocrats who are unable to foster private investment and economic recovery. Reinforcing the reformist trend are the demise of the Cold War and widespread popular protests against authoritarian regimes in the non-Western world. A revised official consensus has thus emerged: African recovery requires not only a reduction in the size and economic role of monopolistic and inefficient states, but also their transformation into capable and accountable liberal democracies. Is this a desirable and practicable political programme? Certainly democratic experiments have begun all over Africa. The number of liberal democracies is growing, and many multiparty elections are promised for the future. But can they survive and are they compatible with renewed economic growth? Richard Sandbrook answers these questions, and assesses the feasibility of the new political programme in reinforcing Africa's economic recovery. He argues that the programme has merit as a short-term, emergency strategy but, in the longer term, a more self-reliant, state-directed approach should be adopted to ensure prosperity and durable democracy in the region.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521415439
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: African Society Today Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

African states and principal cities
List of tables
Acknowledgements
1 The rediscovery of politics 1
2 False starts: capitalist and socialist 21
3 Creating and enabling liberal states 56
4 Democratizing liberal states 87
5 From recovery to transformation? 121
Notes 151
References 154
Index 166
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