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Innovating Development Strategies in Africa
The Role of International, Regional and National Actors

  • Date Published: August 2017
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  • During the second half of the twentieth century, African states shifted away from state-led development strategies, and are now moving towards a strategy of regional economic integration. In this book, Landry Signé explores the key drivers of African policy and economic transformation, proposing a preeminent explanation of policy innovations in Africa through the examination of postcolonial strategies for economic development. Scholars and practitioners in fields as varied as development studies, political science and public policy, economics, sociology and African studies will benefit from Signé's unprecedented comparative analysis, including detailed cases from the often understudied Francophone Africa. First studying why, how and when institutional or policy change occurs in Africa, Signé explores the role of international, regional and national actors in making African economic development strategies from 1960 to date, highlighting the economic transformations of the twenty-first century.

    • Proposes one of the most systematic studies of African economic development strategies since the 1960s, ideal for those seeking to understand the modern climate of economic development in Africa
    • Offers numerous case studies on the often neglected and unexplored Francophone Africa, which will appeal to those seeking a better understanding of the region
    • Renews discussion of the relatively unexplored topic of political innovation, and offers a systematic framework to study it
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Innovating Development Strategies in Africa is a bold and ambitious undertaking in which Professor Landry Signé, Africa's own esteemed and world-renowned expert on international and African affairs, masterfully illustrates more than five decades of economic development strategies and transformations in Africa … As a former head of state, I have been delighted to read this inspirational book, and would have loved having access to its prodigious perspective while in office as president of Malawi. I urge everyone, especially my fellow African leaders and our international counterparts, to read this remarkable book.' Her Excellency Joyce Banda, First Female President of the Republic of Malawi

    'Landry Signé has succeeded in applying rigorous, original thinking to one of the most important development issues of our time: the rapid economic and political changes occurring in much of Africa. Signé's framework simultaneously captures the diversity of experiences across the continent while providing a consistent framework for understanding the forces behind these changes. This important work by a rising academic star is a must read for anyone interested in comparative politics, development policy, and international relations, especially in Africa.' Steven Radelet, Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown University, former Chief Economist of USAID, former Senior Adviser to the United States Secretary of State, and Adviser to Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

    'This book has two major strengths. It uses a framework in which interests, ideas and institutions all matter. This is surely right, and opens avenues of enquiry that are otherwise missed. The other is that is it manageably comparative: by focusing on nine countries of Francophone Africa it has an arena in which divergence can meaningfully be explored. We need more books like this.' Paul Collier, Oxford University

    'This seminal book is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the policy-making process and evolution of economic development strategies in Africa. The book is an elegant demonstration of how ideas, interests and institutions have evolved over time in Africa, including during the structural adjustment period, shaping the actions of international, regional, and national players. Landry Signé, one of the most innovative thinkers of his generation, takes the readers on an edifying journey that will change their views of Africa.' Albert G. Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa Region, World Bank

    'Professor Signé has produced a much needed road map to understand how and why the continent has been and is changing, and the different variations in these processes … The book chooses the option of greater complexity, by focusing on the interaction between the three variables in order to develop a more sophisticated theory of change, in which certain choices are made, while other, perhaps more desirable choices never seemed possible, at least in some of the countries of the region.' Nicolas van de Walle, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government, Cornell University

    'Dr Signé has viewed the development community from within. He views his experiences in the policy world from the vantage point of a trained professional and teaches us what he has learned in lucid and balanced prose. This book places us in his debt.' Robert H. Bates, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University

    'Africa is often portrayed as a (reluctant) consumer of externally imposed development strategies. Dr Signé's book challenges this view. Using nine country case studies, he seeks to demonstrate that African countries were not passive recipients of internationally driven development programs such as the Structural Adjustment Programs prevalent in the 1980s. He argues that the heavy contestation about the appropriate role of State led to a push-and-pull between international and African ideas, interests, and processes related to development. This resulted in the emergence of new African development approaches and strategies such as the Lagos Plan of Action and the New Partnership for Africa's Development, as well as the domestication of some aspects of international development approaches. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the evolution and trajectories of development approaches in post-independence Africa.' Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

    'Professor Signé offers a highly original take on Africa's development trajectory since independence. In focusing our attention on innovations in development strategy, Signé illuminates how African governments have changed both the policies they choose and the institutional means by which they choose them. Drawing on a thoughtful analysis of nine cases in francophone Africa, Signé captures the transition from structural adjustment to new frameworks and approaches, including the New Partnership for Africa's Development. His approach challenges scholars to think critically about mechanisms of policy innovation on the continent, and to take seriously the ways in which national governments and regional organizations are reshaping the contours of development strategy.' Jeremy Weinstein, Stanford University, former Deputy to the US Ambassador to the United Nations and former Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316805312
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Innovation in African economic development strategy: literature review and conceptual clarification
    2. Theoretical and methodological framework: ideas, interests, institutions, time, and the role of international, regional, and national actors in economic development strategy
    3. Time, historical context, and innovation in African development strategies
    4. Ideas, values, paradigms and policy innovations in Africa
    5. Interests, strategies, and policy innovation in Africa
    6. How do international, regional, and national actors affect innovation in African development strategies?

  • Author

    Landry Signé, Stanford University, California
    Landry Signé is a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University's Center for African Studies, founding Chairman of the award-winning Global Network for Africa's Prosperity, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, Professor of Political Science and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Special Adviser to global leaders, and Board Member of numerous institutions. He is the author of numerous key publications in the political economy of development with a focus on Africa and has a special interest in the politics of economic reform, institutional change, emerging and frontier markets, global political economy, post-conflict reconstruction, political regimes, state capacity, public service delivery, and governance. He is the recipient of more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents, and has been honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Desmond Tutu Fellow, and Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and was listed as one of the 'Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World.' His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Harvard International Review, among other media.

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