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Africa's Development Impasse : Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation, Paperback / softback Book

Africa's Development Impasse : Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Development economics
  • ISBN: 9781842779729

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