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African Economic Development

By Steven Langdon, Archibald R.M. Ritter, Yiagadeesen Samy

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596 pages | 83 B/W Illus.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is at a turning point. The barriers to economic growth seen in the 1980-2000 era are disappearing and new optimism is spreading. However, difficult goals of eliminating poverty, achieving equity and overcoming environmental threats continue. This much-needed and insightful textbook has been written to help us understand this combination of emerging improvements and significant challenges.

Opening with an analysis of the main theories relating to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, the book explores all the key issues, including:

  • Human development;
  • Rapid urbanization;
  • Structural and gender dimensions;
  • Sustainable development and environmental issues; and
  • Africa’s role in the world economy.

The authors use economic tools and concepts throughout, in a way that makes them accessible to students without an economics background. Readers are also aided by a wide range of case studies, on-the-ground examples and statistical information, which provide a detailed analysis of each topic. This text is also accompanied by an e-resource, featuring additional sources for students and instructors.

African Economic Development is a clear and comprehensive textbook suitable for courses on African economic development, development economics, African studies and development studies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: AFRICA IN CHANGING PERSPECTIVE

Part I: ANALYZING THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

Chapter 1: Dimensions of Development: Geography, Ecology, History

Chapter 2: Concepts of African Economic Development: Growth, Structural Change, Poverty and Gender

Chapter 3: Development Theories, Political Economy and Governance

Chapter 4: Economic Institutions and Planning for Development

Part II: HUMAN RESOURCES IN AFRICA

Chapter 5: Demography

Chapter 6: Income Distribution and Human Needs

Chapter 7: Human Development: Education and Health

Chapter 8: Labour and Livelihoods, Formal and Informal

Chapter 9: Urbanization, Migration and Regional Development

Part III: SUSTAINING AFRICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 10: Environment and Climate Change

Chapter 11: Agriculture and Rural Development

Chapter 12: Natural Resources

Chapter 13: The Industrial Sector

Chapter 14: Infrastructure, Communications, Services and Tourism

Chapter 15: Macroeconomic Management, Debt and Structural Adjustment Plans

Part IV: AFRICA AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

Chapter 16: Trade and Economic Development

Chapter 17: Multinational Corporations and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa

Chapter 18: Development Assistance: the African Record

Chapter 19: The Changing Role of China in Africa

Chapter 20: International Migration

INDEX OF NAMES

SUBJECT INDEX

About the Authors

Steven Langdon was appointed Adjunct Professor in his former Economics Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2014, where he teaches a course on African Economic Development with Professors Ritter and Samy. Langdon has completed research, directed projects and taught advanced courses in 24 Sub-Saharan countries, from Senegal to South Africa, Tanzania to Ghana, Nigeria to Mozambique.

Archibald R. M. Ritter is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania and taught at the University of Liberia as well as the University of Havana, Cuba.

Yiagadeesen Samy is currently the Director and a Full Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has published widely on trade and labor standards, fragile states, foreign aid, taxation and income inequality, and his research in the past few years has focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development

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