The period since the 1980s has seen sustained pressure on Africa’s political elite to anchor the continent’s development strategies in neoliberalism in exchange for vitally needed development assistance. Rafts of policies and programmes have come to underpin the relationship between continental governments and the donor communities of the West and particularly their institutions of global governance – the International Financial Institutions. Over time, these policies and programmes have sought to transform the authority and capacity of the state to effect social, political and economic change, while opening up the domestic space for transnational capital and ideas. The outcome is a continent now more open to international capital, export-oriented and liberal in its political governance. Has neoliberalism finally arrested under development in Africa?
Bringing together leading researchers and analysts to examine key questions from a multidisciplinary perspective, this book involves a fundamental departure from orthodox analysis which often predicates colonialism as the referent object. Here, three decades of neoliberalism with its complex social and economic philosophy are given primacy. With the changed focus, an elucidation of the relationship between global development and local changes is examined through a myriad of pressing contemporary issues to offer a critical multi-disciplinary appraisal of challenge and change in Africa over the past three decades.
Table of Contents
1. Africa Under Neolibealism, Nana Poku and Jim Whitman
2. Neoliberalism and Economic Growth in Contemporary Africa, Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Eric Kehinde Ogunleye
3. As the Global Commodity Super-Cycle Ends, Africans Continue Uprising Against ‘Africa Rising’, Patrick Bond
4. Neoliberalism, Urbanization and Change in Africa, Pádraig Carmody and Francis Owusu
5. From Urban Crisis to Political Opportunity: African Slums, Jeffrey W. Paller
6. The Poverty of ‘Poverty Reduction’: the Case of African Cotton, Adam Sneyd
7. Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink (Except for a Price), Larry A. Swatuk
8. Autocrats and Activists: Human Rights, Democracy and the Neoliberal Paradox in Nigeria, Bonny Ibhawoh and Lekan Akinosho
9. Neoliberalism and Alternative Forms of Citizenship, Amy S. Patterson
Nana Poku is Research Professor of Health Economics at the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was formerly Executive Director, United Nations Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (2003–05) and Director of Operational Research, World Bank AIDS Treatment Acceleration Programme (2004–06).
Jim Whitman is Professorial Fellow and Co-Director of the HEARD PhD Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and General Editor of the Palgrave Global Issues series.