Africa Projected: From Recession to Renaissance by the Year by Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

By Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko

This booklet provides an unique and significant evaluation of Africa's varied political economies which takes into consideration modern crises, present analyses, historic insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new information, it proposes a singular framework for research inclusive of type coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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The corollary of this view of the dominant class was a conception of the state in the post-colonial societies of Africa as 'overdeveloped'. This view found expression in the African context, in, for example, John Saul's and Issa Shivji's work on Tanzania and in Colin Leys' early work on Kenya. 17 The overdeveloped post-colonial state was, in essence, one which exhibited a certain autonomy from the indigenous class structure per se, at the same time as it exhibited control over the production process.

To summarise the discussion so far we can say that during the first decade after independence, spurred on by the heady optimism engendered by the decolonisation process and the influence of modernisation theory, we perceived possibilities for 'take-off in Africa. In the second decade, chastened by the 'false start', and the failure of modernisation theory, we saw only 'underdevelopment' - epitomised by the work of Samir Amin and the late Walter Rodney. Both modernisation theory and underdevelopment theory were essentially unilinear macro-theories and, as we are now somewhat belatedly prepared to acknowledge, largely inappropriate for dealing with specific disaggregated events 'on the ground' in Africa.

35. 36. 37. 37 - the Significance of the Kenyan Case', Socialist Register, vol. 15, 1978,241 66. See for example, Tony Smith, 'The Underdevelopment of Development Literature: The Case of Dependency Theory', World Politics 31(2) 1979, 24 7-88; Pat McGowan and David Smith, 'Economic Dependency in Black Africa: An Analysis of Competing Theories', International Organisation 32(1) 1978, 179-235, and Pat McGowan, 'Economic Development and Economic Performance in Black Africa', Journal of Modern African Studies 14(1) 1976, 25-40.

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