Africa in Crisis

Africa in Crisis : New Challenges and Possibilities

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The continent of Africa is in crisis, yet it was not always so. Following the decade of independence in the 1960s there was widespread optimism, but this almost totally disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s. As the millennium unfolds, Africa is faced with seemingly insurmountable problems: economic marginalisation from the global market; a major health crisis stemming from the destructive effects of malaria and HIV/AIDS; and chronic political instability after a string of devastating civil wars. This book argues that the decline in Africa's fortunes as a whole can be dated from the oil crisis and subsequent economic unrest of the late 1970s. Economic mismanagement and political authoritarianism sowed the seeds for the devastating problems of the following decades. International financial institutions incurred structural adjustment programmes over most of sub-Saharan Africa that led to the wholesale privatisation of state functions. This lucidly detailed account pinpoints the root causes of the crisis, and asks what lies ahead for the continent in the future. Chapters cover key issues in African development, the pitfalls of democratisation, political economy and international relations. 'This book provides a detailed, critical examination of the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.' Oxfam Review of Journalsshow more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745316484
  • 9780745316482

About Tunde Zack-Williams

Tunde Zack-Williams is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire. He was President of the UK African Studies Association from 2006 to 2008. He is the author of Tributors, Supporters and Merchant Capital: Mining and Underdevelopment in Sierra Leone (1995), The Quest for Sustainable Peace: The 2007 Sierra Leone Elections (2008), co-author of Structural Adjustment: Theory, Practice and Impacts (2000), co-editor of Africa in Crisis: New Challenges and Possibilities (Pluto, 2002) and African Mosaic: Political, Social, Economic and Technological Development in the New Millenium (2009). He is a handling editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a member of the Africa Panel of the British Academy. Diane Frost, Alex Thomson teachesshow more

Table of contents

1. Tunde Zack-Williams, University of Central Lancashire, Introduction: 'Why is Africa in This Mess?' 2. Ankie Hoogvelt, University of Sheffield, 'Globalisation, Imperialism and Exclusion: The case of Sub-Saharan Africa.' 3. Paul Richards, University College London & Wageningen University, Holland. 4. Lionel Cliffe, University of Leeds, 'African Renaissance?' 5. Rob Dixon, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 'The Colonisation of Political Consciousness: States and Civil Society in Africa' 6. Bruce Baker, Coventry University, 'The Unaccountable State' 7. Julie Hearn, London School of Economics, 'The US Democratic Experiment in Ghana.' 8. Donna Pankhurst, University of Bradford, 'Globalisation and Democracy: International Donors and Civil Society in Zimbabwe.' 9. Claire Melamed, Christian Aid, 'Cotton, Food and Work: Contract Farming, Food Security and the Labour Market in Northern Mozambique' 10. Asteris C. Huliaras, 'Continuity and Change in French foreign Policy Toward Africa', 11. Jimmy D. Kandeh, University of Richmond, Virginia, 'Subaltern Terror in Sierra Leone' 12. Christopher Clapham, Lancaster University, 'Problems of Peace Enforcement: Lessons To Be Drawn From Multinational Peacekeeping Operations in On-going conflicts in Africa Indexshow more