Africa Projected: From Recession to Renaissance by the Year by Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

By Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

This e-book offers an unique and demanding evaluation of Africa's varied political economies which takes under consideration modern crises, present analyses, historic insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new facts, it proposes a unique framework for research such as type coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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The greatest similarity is to be found in those African states that are undergoing semi-industrialisation such as Kenya, Ivory Coast and to a lesser extent Nigeria. 49 The mention of Nigeria does, of course, pose one question that cannot be left untouched in any analysis that suggests the utility of some of corporatist model, namely, what is the role of the military in this model? Is this model rendered inapplicable if the military is not the major political actor in government? Does the recent extensive and elaborate redemocratisation processes that Nigeria and Ghana (until Rawlings' 'second coming') have recently undergone devalue our model?

Colonial legacies might still be the overriding factors for most African states, but they are by no means immutable. However, to reject dependency theory's 'development of underĀ· development' hypothesis is not to reject that overall syndrome of characteristics we might call 'dependency'. 33 A dependent, as opposed to interdependent, position in the international political economy is clearly a fact of life for all African states. It would in this context seem that there is a clear link between this dependence and the authoritarian nature of most African regimes.

The latter scenario is, however, more likely but is capable of sitting quite easily within the corporatist model outlined earlier in this chapter. Liberalisation would not necessarily mean an end to the corporatist pattern of relationships between the state and a body of functional, non-competitive and officially-sanctioned interest groups in a way in which redemocratisation inevitably would. It is also necessary not to underestimate the continued and continuing influence of the military, processes of redemocratisation notwithstanding.

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