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Business, Politics and the State in Africa : Challenging the Orthodoxies on Growth and Transformation

Paperback : 256 pages | Publisher : Zed Books Ltd (10 Jan 2013) | Language : English | ISBN-10 : 1780324219 | ISBN-13 : 978-1780324210

Publication Date : 10 Jan 2013 | ISBN-10 : 1780324219 | ISBN-13 : 978-1780324210

In recent years Africa appears to have turned a corner economically. It is posting increased growth rates and is no longer the world’s slowest growing region. Commentators are beginning to ask whether emerging from Africa is a new generation of ’lion’ economies to challenge the East Asian ’tigers’ ? This book goes behind the headlines to examine the conditions necessary not just for growth in Africa but for a wider business and economic transformation. Contrary to neo-liberal economics, it argues that governments can play an important role in this through selective interventions to correct market failures, and, controversially, that ’neo-patrimonial’ governance need not necessarily be an obstacle to improved business and economic conditions. Drawing on a variety of timely case studies - including Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana - this provocative book provides a radical new theory of the political and institutional conditions required for pro-poor growth in Africa.

Tim Kelsall holds a PhD from the University of London (SOAS), has taught politics at the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle, and is a former editor of the journal African Affairs. He is the author of Contentious Politics, Local Governance, and the Self : a Tanzanian case study (Nordic African Institute, Uppsala, 2005), and Culture Under Cross-Examination : International Justice and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Cambridge University Press, 2009) as well as articles published in journals including Africa, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, the Review of International Studies, and Development Policy Review. He is currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working freelance as an Associate of the Africa, Power and Politics Programme (http://www.institutions-africa.org/), and as a Resource Person for the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (www.pasgr.org).

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