Industrial Policy and the Transformation of the Colonial Economy in Africa offers an in-depth analysis of the role industrial policy can play in the transformation of African economies.
Using examples from Zambia’s industrial development experience, this book illustrates that core features of the colonial economy have not just survived six decades of independence in most African countries, but they have continued to shape the nature, scope and pace of economic activities on the continent. The book argues that since the colonial economy in Africa was not intended to serve the interests of Africans, it is imperative that the structures and the underlying rationale of the colonial economy are radically reoriented if economic activities in Africa are to benefit the majority of Africans.
Drawing from the Zambian experience, the book shows that the transformation of the colonial economy in Africa is urgently needed. Whilst this has proved to be difficult over the past six decades, it can be done. The book outlines a specific type of industrial policy, Frontier Industrial Policy, as a key instrument for transforming the structure of African economies.
At a time when economic growth across Africa is under considerable pressure due to COVID-19, the insights in this book will be of interest to researchers across Economics, Development, Postcolonial Studies, and African Studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Colonial Economic in Africa: Structure and Rationale Chapter 2: The Structure of the Northern Rhodesia Economy Chapter 3: Industrial Policy in Northern Rhodesia Chapter 4: Industrial Policy in Zambia Chapter 5: Mining and Industrial Development in Zambia Chapter 6: The Manufacturing Sector in Zambia Chapter 7: The Agro-Processing Sector in the Zambian Economy Chapter 8: Industrial Policy and the Challenges of Economic Structural Transformation in Zambia Chapter 9: Transforming the Colonial Economy in Africa: A Frontier Industrial Policy Perspective
Horman Chitonge is Professor at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa.