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.
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
Once seen only as a continent of poverty, violence and corruption, the Africa of today is a vibrant place where social forces demand representative governance, in the process generating fresh forms of complexities in the political, social and economic life of ordinary Africans. Whether what we are witnessing is a third liberation of the continent: the first from colonialism, the second from autocratic indigenous rule and now something far more different, is a work in progress.
This series seeks original approaches to furthering our understanding of the ensuing changes on the continent. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of African politics. It looks at the full range and variety of African politics in the twenty-first century covering the changing nature of African society, gender issues, economic prosperity and poverty to the development of relations between African states, external organisations and between leaders and the people they would govern. The series aims to publish work by senior scholars as well as the best new researchers and features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialised texts.
To submit a proposal for Contempoary African Politics please contact Leanne Hinves Leanne.Hinves@tandf.co.uk