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dc.contributor.authorCramer, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorSENDER, JOHN
dc.contributor.authorOqubay, Arkebe
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-23T13:05:28Z
dc.date.available2020-09-23T13:05:28Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/41802
dc.description.abstractThis book challenges conventional wisdoms both about economic performance and about policies for economic development in African countries. Its starting point is the striking variation in economic performance: unevenness and inequalities form a central fact. The authors highlight not only differences between African countries but also variations within countries, differences often organized around distinctions of gender, class, and ethnic identity. For example, school dropout and neonatal mortality have been reduced, particularly for some classes of women in some areas. Horticultural and agribusiness exports have grown far more rapidly in some countries than others. These variations (and many others) point to opportunities for changing performance, reducing inequalities, learning from other African policy experiences, and escaping the ties of structure and legacies of a colonial past. The book rejects teleological illusions and Eurocentric prejudice, but does pay close attention to the results of policy in more industrialized parts of the world. Seeing the contradictions of capitalism for what they are—fundamental and enduring—may help policy officials protect themselves against the misleading idea that development is likely to be a smooth, linear process, or that it would be were certain impediments removed. The authors criticize a wide range of orthodox and heterodox economists, especially for their cavalier attitude to statistical sources. Drawing on decades of research and policy experience, they combine careful use of available evidence from a range of African countries with heterodox political economy insights (mainly derived from Kalecki, Kaldor, and Hirschman) to make the policy case for specific types of public sector investment.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KC Economicsen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KC Economics::KCM Development economics & emerging economiesen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processes::JFFJ Social discrimination & inequalityen_US
dc.subject.otherAfricanen_US
dc.subject.othereconomic developmenten_US
dc.subject.otherpolicyen_US
dc.subject.otherinvestmenten_US
dc.subject.othergenderen_US
dc.subject.otheragribusinessen_US
dc.subject.otherheterodoxen_US
dc.subject.otherpolitical economyen_US
dc.subject.otherHirschmanen_US
dc.titleAfrican Economic Developmenten_US
dc.title.alternativeEvidence, Theory, Policyen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1093/oso/9780198832331.001.0001en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedByb9501915-cdee-4f2a-8030-9c0b187854b2en_US
oapen.pages336en_US
oapen.place.publicationOxforden_US


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