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The Politics of African Industrial Policy
A Comparative Perspective


  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107512580

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  • This book engages in the debate on growth versus economic transformation and the importance of industrial policy, presenting a comprehensive framework for explaining the politics of industrial policy. Using comparative research to theorize about the politics of industrial policy in countries in the early stages of capitalist transformation that also experience the pressures of elections due to democratization, this book provides four in-depth African country studies that illustrate the challenges to economic transformation and the politics of implementing industrial policies.

    • Argues that industrial policy is necessary to catalyze economic transformation in developing countries
    • Proposes a new theory for understanding the politics of industrial policy
    • Provides contemporary studies of industrial policies in four African countries
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    'This provocative book goes beyond the aggregate data on economic growth in Africa to argue that industrial policy is the key to sustainable development. By carefully analyzing national- and sectorial-level variations in industrial policies in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda, the authors expose the problems and prospects of accomplishing meaningful economic transformation. Their findings will stimulate exciting new debates regarding the contemporary political economy of Africa.' Anne Pitcher, University of Michigan

    'This is a landmark contribution to the study of African political economy that brings considerable conceptual sophistication and empirical depth to key debates in the field. At the same time, this outstanding study provides insights for broader discussions of industrialization and the developmental state that will make it necessary reading for scholars and students of comparative politics more generally.' Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107512580
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The puzzle of limited economic transformation in Africa
    Part I. Rethinking the Political Economy of Development:
    2. The case for economic transformation and industrial policy
    3. Assessing economic transformation in Africa
    4. Elaborated political settlements theory and clientelism in Africa
    Part II. Evolution of Political Settlements:
    5. Increased vulnerability and contestation in Mozambique and Tanzania
    6. Dispersed power and elite fragmentation in Ghana and Uganda
    Part III. African Experiences with Industrial Policy:
    7. Mozambique: between elite capture and pockets of efficiency
    8. Tanzania: intense contestation within a weak dominant party
    9. Ghana: competitive clientelism and weak capitalists
    10. Uganda: competing factions and conflicting elite interests
    11. Conclusions and perspectives.

  • Authors

    Lindsay Whitfield, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
    Lindsay Whitfield is Associate Professor in Global Studies and Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark.

    Ole Therkildsen, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen
    Ole Therkildsen is Senior Researcher Emeritus at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Lars Buur, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
    Lars Buur is Associate Professor in Global Studies and Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark and Affiliated Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Anne Mette Kjær, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Anne Mette Kjær is Associate Professor in Political Science and Government in the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

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