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Industrial Development in Africa

Mapping Industrialization Pathways for a Leaping Leopard, 1st Edition

By Berhanu Abegaz


306 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Industrial Development in Africa critically synthesizes and reframes the debates on African industrial development in a capability-opportunity framework. It recasts the challenge in a broader comparative context of successive waves of catchup industrialization experiences in the European periphery, Latin America, and East Asia. Berhanu Abegaz explores the case for resource-based and factor-based industrialization in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa by drawing on insights from the history of industrialization, development economics, political economy, and institutional economics.

Unpacking complex and diverse experiences, the chapters look at Africa at several levels: continent-wide, sub-regions on both sides of the Sahara, and present analytical case studies of 12 representative countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire.

Industrial Development in Africa will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students studying African development, African economics, and late-stage industrialization. The book will also be of interest to policymakers.

Table of Contents


Part I Industrialization and Growth

1. Growth, Structural Transformation, and Industrialization

2. Industrialization: Why and How

Part II Theories of Industrialization

3. Theories of Industrialization

4. Late and Very-late Industrialization

Part III Waves of Globalization and Industrialization

5. Production and Trade under the First Unbundling

6. Production and Trade under the Second Unbundling

Part IV Africa’s Postcolonial Industrial Experience

7. African Industrial Development

8. Resource-based Industrializers

9. Labor-based Industrializers

Part V Rethinking Industrial Strategy

10. A New Industrial Policy for Africa

11. Africa’s Industrial Future

About the Author

Berhanu Abegaz is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at College of William & Mary, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General