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Regionalism and Uneven Development in Southern Africa
The Case of the Maputo Development Corridor

ISBN 9781138715486
Published October 30, 2019 by Routledge
140 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2003. This volume advances our understanding of how Southern Africa is currently being reconfigured, critically examining what has been marketed as the "flagship" of the Spatial Development Initiative programme in Southern Africa: the Maputo Development Corridor (MDC). By examining a variety of cross-cutting levels of governance and development and by focusing on the nexus between the formal and informal processes that stake out the MDC, this volume contributes to a detailed understanding of what is perhaps the most important current experiment in regionalism in Africa. By engaging regional processes on the micro-level and "on the ground", there is a special emphasis on how local communities regard and respond to the Corridor initiative. All chapters in the volume are the result of extensive fieldwork in both Mozambique and South Africa, and the contributions are drawn from the region and beyond, including Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: understanding the dynamics of micro-regionalism in Southern Africa, Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor; The Maputo development corridor: progress achieved and lessons learned, Geoff de Beer and David Arkwright; Situating the Maputo corridor: a regional perspective, Daniel Tevera and Admos Chimhowu; The role of the state in the Maputo development corridor, Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor; Governance in the Maputo development corridor, Fredrik Söderbaum; Public-private partnerships and African development: the case of the N4 toll road, Xenia Ngwenya and Ian Taylor; The Mozambique aluminium smelter: partnership for exploitation or development?, James Hentz; A view from Maputo, Iraê Baptista-Lundin and Ian Taylor; Conclusion, Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor; Bibliography; Index.

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Fredrik Söderbaum is a post-doctoral researcher within the Department of Peace and Development Research (Padrigu) at Göteborg University in Göteborg, Sweden. Ian Taylor is a senior lecturer in African Politics and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland


'Readers seeking an innovative perspective on regionalism in southern Africa, combined with fresh data, could do no better than read Regionalism and Uneven Development in Southern Africa. No other book so skillfully uncovers regionalizing processes as they relate to neoliberal trends in the subcontinent.' Professor James H. Mittelman, American University, Washington, USA 'The new regionalism is a multifaceted phenomenon, still largely underresearched. This study provides an invaluable, empirically grounded, analysis of the formation of cross-border regionalization in Africa.' Professor Björn Hettne, Göteborg University, Sweden '...this book represents a useful study and comes at a timely juncture in terms of new regional dynamics developing in the Southern Africa region.' International Planning Studies '...criticism of the state-centred approaches in IR and IPE is theoretically and empirically convincing.' Modern African Studies