Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781783602773 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602780 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Asia-Africa Development Divergence

A Question of Intent

David Henley

Asia-Africa Development Divergence

David Henley

Distributed for Zed Books

264 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781783602773 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783602780 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Despite recent economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, most people there are still almost as poor as they were half a century ago. This book asks the vital question: why have Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam been able to reduce levels of absolute poverty in recent years more successfully than many African countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania?
 
In Asia-Africa Development Divergence, David Henley corrects widespread misconceptions about rapid poverty reduction in Asia and Africa and, in their place, presents a simple, radical explanation for the development divergence between Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa: the starkly unequal quality of developmental intent in these regions’ political leaders.
Contents
Preface
Chapter 1 Diverging paths
Chapter 2 Studying the divergence
Chapter 3 Setting the stage for development
Chapter 4 Agrarian roots of development success
Chapter 5 Varieties of rural bias
Chapter 6 Elements of the developmental mindset
Chapter 7 Origins of the divergence
Review Quotes
Peter Lewis, Johns Hopkins University
“The comparative paths of development in South-East Asia and Africa raise important questions about the necessary conditions for economic transformation. Henley offers a thoughtful and balanced explanation for the divergence between these two regions, focusing on strategic choices by leaders and pragmatic politics in implementation. This book will have wide resonance for those interested in the fortunes of these regions and the broad theoretical understanding of development.”
David Booth, Overseas Development Institute, coauthor of Governance for Development in Africa
“This book addresses one of the top global issues of our time. It does so eloquently, with impeccable logic and drawing on a rich body of comparative evidence spanning sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. It deserves to be carefully read and widely discussed, especially by those shaping policies for the coming decades in Africa.”
Roel van der Veen, University of Amsterdam, and author of What Went Wrong With Africa
“Henley has written a brilliant synthesis of why countries in South-East Asia have become much more prosperous over the last half century, whereas countries in sub-Saharan Africa have not. Henley's analysis of the rich material offers a new, intriguing interpretation of one of the most pressing issues in the world of development. From the first page to the last, Asia-Africa Development Divergence provides fascinating reading.”
 
Ton Dietz, Director of the African Studies Centre, Leiden
“This book brings readers back to where the development debate started in the 1950s: what developmental role can a state play, with adequate policies and dedicated implementation practices, and what will be needed to make state elites play that role? Would this be possible in current-day 'emerging Africa'? Although the answers given may not convince everyone, they do bring the debate a step further.”
Journal of Southeast Asian Economies
“Henley makes an undeniably compelling case with his congruent and rational argument for the primacy of rural and pro-poor development, its precedence over industrialization, and ultimately, its instrumentalism in sustaining economic growth in Southeast Asia. . . . An accessible read for a wide audience ranging from students of development studies to industry practitioners.”
Population and Development Review
“This is an insightful book comparing the development trajectories of Indonesia and Nigeria, Malaysia and Kenya, and Vietnam and Tanzania. . . . A solid, pragmatic, readable piece of work.”
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