The Politics of Africa's Economic Recovery

According to the official development ideology of the 1990s, political reform must accompany economic liberalisation Investors, lenders, and aid donors have become disillusioned with autocrats who are unable to foster private investment and economic recovery Reinforcing the reformist trend are the demise of the Cold War and widespread popular protests against authoritariAccording to the official development ideology of the 1990s, political reform must accompany economic liberalisation Investors, lenders, and aid donors have become disillusioned with autocrats who are unable to foster private investment and economic recovery Reinforcing the reformist trend are the demise of the Cold War and widespread popular protests against authoritarian regimes in the non Western world A revised official consensus has thus emerged African recovery requires not only a reduction in the size and economic role of monopolistic and inefficient states, but also their transformation into capable and accountable liberal democracies Is this a desirable and practicable political programme Certainly democratic experiments have begun all over Africa The number of liberal democracies is growing, and many multiparty elections are promised for the future But can they survive and are they compatible with renewed economic growth Richard Sandbrook answers these questions, and assesses the feasibility of the new political programme in reinforcing Africa s economic recovery He argues that the programme has merit as a short term, emergency strategy but, in the longer term, a self reliant, state directed approach should be adopted to ensure prosperity and durable democracy in the region.
The Politics of Africa s Economic Recovery According to the official development ideology of the s political reform must accompany economic liberalisation Investors lenders and aid donors have become disillusioned with autocrats who are

  • Title: The Politics of Africa's Economic Recovery
  • Author: Richard Sandbrook
  • ISBN: 9780521425636
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
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