Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842779729 Published February 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842779712 Published February 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Africa's Development Impasse

Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation

Stefan Andreasson

Africa's Development Impasse

Stefan Andreasson

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288 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842779729 Published February 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842779712 Published February 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Orthodox strategies for socio-economic development have failed spectacularly in Southern Africa. Neither the developmental state nor neoliberal reform seems able to provide a solution to Africa's problems.

In Africa's Development Impasse, Stefan Andreasson analyses this failure and explores the potential for post-development alternatives. Examining the post-independence trajectories of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, the book shows three different examples of this failure to overcome a debilitating colonial legacy. Andreasson then argues that it is now time to resuscitate post-development theory's challenge to conventional development. In doing this, he claims, we face the enormous challenge of translating post-development into actual politics for a socially and politically sustainable future and using it as a dialogue about what the aims and aspirations of post-colonial societies might become.

This important fusion of theory with empirical case studies will be essential reading for students of development politics and Africa.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Section I: From Development to Post-Development
1 - Foundations for Development in Southern Africa
2 - The Elusive Developmental Nexus
3 - Beyond Development
Section II: Comparative Regional Trajectories
4 - Botswana: Paternalism and the Developmental State
5 - Zimbabwe: the Failing State Revisited
6 - South Africa: Normalisation of Uneven Development
Conclusion - Comparative Lessons from Southern Africa
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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