Contemporary African Political Economy

Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of 'Development' in Africa

Authors: Langan, Mark

  • Re-engages the concept of 'neo-colonialism' to make sense of the ongoing cycle of poverty in Africa and the failure of development
  • Offers a unique theoretical approach to varieties of neo-colonial intervention in Africa
  • Engages a wide array of country cases, including Ghana, Uganda and Zambia
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Langan reclaims neo-colonialism as an analytical force for making sense of the failure of ‘development’ strategies in many African states in an era of free market globalisation. Eschewing polemics and critically engaging the work of Ghana’s first President – Kwame Nkrumah – the book offers a rigorous assessment of the concept of neo-colonialism. It then demonstrates how neo-colonialism remains an impediment to genuine empirical sovereignty and poverty reduction in Africa today. It does this through examination of corporate interventions; Western aid-giving; the emergence of ‘new’ donors such as China; EU-Africa trade regimes; the securitisation of development; and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the chapters, it becomes clear that the current challenges of African development cannot be solely pinned on so-called neo-patrimonial elites. Instead it becomes imperative to fully acknowledge, and interrogate, corporate and donor interventions which lock many poorer countries into neo-colonial patterns of trade and production. The book provides an original contribution to studies of African political economy, demonstrating the on-going relevance of the concept of neo-colonialism, and reclaiming it for scholarly analysis in a global era.

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Mark Langan is Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University, UK. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Neo-Colonialism and Nkrumah: Recovering a Critical Concept

    Langan, Mark

    Pages 1-32

  • Neo-Colonialism and Foreign Corporations in Africa

    Langan, Mark

    Pages 33-60

  • Neo-Colonialism and Donor Interventions: Western Aid Mechanisms

    Langan, Mark

    Pages 61-88

  • Emerging Powers and Neo-Colonialism in Africa

    Langan, Mark

    Pages 89-117

  • Trade and Neo-Colonialism: The Case of Africa–EU Ties

    Langan, Mark

    Pages 119-148

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Hardcover $89.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of 'Development' in Africa
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary African Political Economy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58571-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58571-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58570-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 253
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