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Africa's Development Impasse: Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation
(2010)
  • Stefan Andreasson
Abstract

Orthodox strategies for socio-economic development have failed spectacularly in Southern Africa. Neither the developmental state nor neoliberal reform seems able to provide a solution to Africa's problems.

In Africa's Development Impasse, Stefan Andreasson analyses this failure and explores the potential for post-development alternatives. Examining the post-independence trajectories of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, the book shows three different examples of this failure to overcome a debilitating colonial legacy. Andreasson then argues that it is now time to resuscitate post-development theory's challenge to conventional development. In doing this, he claims, we face the enormous challenge of translating post-development into actual politics for a socially and politically sustainable future and using it as a dialogue about what the aims and aspirations of post-colonial societies might become.

This important fusion of theory with empirical case studies will be essential reading for students of development politics and Africa.

Keywords
  • Africa,
  • development,
  • post-development,
  • South Africa,
  • Botswana,
  • Zimbabwe
Publication Date
March, 2010
Publisher
Zed Books
ISBN
9781842779729
Citation Information
Stefan Andreasson. Africa's Development Impasse: Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation. London and New York(2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stefan_andreasson/12/