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The Politics of Africa's Economic Stagnation

The Politics of Africa's Economic Stagnation (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Sandbrook, Richard
By Barker, Judith

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African states are not, in any real sense, capitalist states. Elsewhere, the state has played a crucial role in facilitating capitalist expansion, but in postcolonial Africa one finds a form of neopatrimonialism - personal rule - that introduces a variety of economic irrationalit...ies. Productive economic activities are impeded by the political instability, systemic corruption and maladminstration associated with personal rule. In extreme cases, a downward spiral of political-economic decline is set in motion that is difficult to halt and reverse. Is personal rule simply a euphemism for ineptitude and mismanagement? The authors argue that it is not; it operates according to a particular political rationality that shapes a ruler's actions when, in the absence of legitimate authority, he is confronted with the challenge of governing an unintegrated peasant society. Neopatrimonialism is essentially an adaptation of colonial-inspired political institutions to peculiar historical and social conditions. This book focuses on the political factor as an important cause of Africa's economic ills. It analyses the social conditions impelling political adaptation and the consequences of personal rule for economic life, and surveys creative responses to the predicament African people now face.
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ISBN 9780521319614
Released NZ 17 Feb 1986
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series African Society Today
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ISBN-13 9780521319614
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Released 17 Feb 1986
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sandbrook, Richard
By Barker, Judith
Series African Society Today
Category Political Economy
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 12mm
Dewey Code 960.328
Weight 220g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Africa--Economic conditions--1960-
NBS Text Economics: Professional & General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly