The period from 1960 to 2000 was one of remarkable growth and transformation in the world economy. Why did most of Sub-Saharan Africa fail to develop over this period? Why did a few small African economies succeed spectacularly? The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa, 1960–2000 is by far the most ambitious and comprehensive assessment of Africa's post-independence economic performance to date. Volume 1 examines the impact of resource wealth and geographical remoteness on Africa's growth and develops a new dataset of governance regimes covering all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Volume 2 supports and extends this analysis by providing twenty-six case studies of individual African economies. Eighteen of the case studies are contained in the book and a further eight are included on an accompanying CD-ROM. This is an invaluable resource for researchers and policy-makers concerned with the economic development of Africa.
• Most comprehensive survey of contemporary African economic performance • Original and compelling analysis of Africa's poor economic record • Based on a decade long research project involving many highly prominent African scholars
Volume 1 List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; 1. Policy plus: African growth performance 1960–2000; 2. Opportunities and choices; 3. Anti-growth syndromes in Africa: a synthesis of the case studies; 4. Domestic interests and control regimes; 5. Sacrificing the future: intertemporal strategies and their implications for growth; 6. The political geography of redistribution; 7. Political conflict and state failure; 8. Shocks, risk and African growth; 9. The evolution of global development paradigms and their influence on African economic growth; 10. Political reform; 11. Endogenizing syndromes; 12. Harnessing growth opportunities: how Africa can advance; Index Volume 2 List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; 1. Overview; Part I. Landlocked Economies: 2. Why has Burundi grown so slowly? The political economy of redistribution; 3. Cotton, war and growth in Chad (1960–2000); 4. The political economy of growth in Ethiopia; 5. Man-made opportunities and growth in Malawi; 6. Climate vulnerability, political instability, investment and growth in a landlocked, Sahelian economy: Niger, 1960–2000; 7. Explaining Sudan's economic growth performance; 8. Restarting and sustaining growth in a post-conflict economy: the case of Uganda; Part II. Coastal Economies: 9. Economic Growth in Ghana: 1960–2000; 10. Explaining African economic growth performance: the case of Kenya; 11. A shared growth story of economic success: the case of Mauritius; 12. State control and poor economic growth performance in Senegal; 13. Tanzania: explaining four decades of episodic growth; 14. Togo: lost opportunities for growth; Part III. Resource-rich Economies: 15. The indigenous developmental state and growth in Botswana ; 16. The political economy of Cameroon's post-independence growth experience; 17. Explaining economic growth in Africa: the case of Guinea ; 18. Explaining African economic growth performance: the case of Nigeria ; 19. Sierra Leone's economic growth performance, 1961–2000; Index.
'… chock-full of fascinating data, interesting hypotheses, and country details; it is a rich review of Africa's troubled postcolonial economic history that will be a reference and an inspiration for political economists for years to come.' Foreign Affairs