Africa's Stalled Development
David K. Leonard Scott Straus
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"A provocative statement on the impediments to development in Africa and the challenges of reform. The authors offer a distinctive argument, weaving domestic and international factors into a coherent vision of change."¿Peter Lewis, American University
"This carefully crafted and very readable book provides a set of refreshing perspectives on Africa's 'failed development,' leading to a range of important recommendations that neither scholars nor practitioners can ignore."¿Goran Hyden, University of Florida
This thoughtful discussion probes the international roots of Africa's civil conflicts and lackluster economies. Analyzing an unwitting system that creates a set of incentives inimical to development, the authors offer a new way of thinking about Africa's development dilemmas and the policy options for addressing them.
Weak states, aid dependence, crushing debt, and enclave economies, argue the authors, create disincentives for long-term economic growth and even peace. The nature of Africa's interaction with the international system often supports these negative features; thus, the remedy must come from a radical restructuring of that relationship. Africa's Stalled Development heeds that call by presenting specific and innovative prescriptions for change that are sure to stimulate a much-needed debate.
David K. Leonard is dean of international and area studies and professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He has been working in and on Africa since 1963. Scott Straus, formerly a Nairobi-based journalist, is at present at UCB completing dissertation research on the Rwandan genocide.
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