African economic development in a comparative perspective
Source: Cambridge Journal of Economics, Volume 25, Number 3, 1 May 2001 , pp. 265-288(24)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Conventional explanations of poor African economic performance generally fail to pay adequate attention to causal mechanisms of growth, decline and stagnation. Many African countries experienced investment booms after independence but, in contrast to East Asian newly industrialising economies, these were not sustained owing to failure to establish a virtuous growth circle involving complementary increases in savings and exports. Structural adjustment programmes dismantled stat-mediated mechanisms of accumulation without putting viable alternatives in place, and failed to tackle the structural constraints which impede productivity growth in agriculture. A new policy approach, drawing on the experience of both post-colonial and adjustment periods, is necessary.
Document Type: Original Article
Publication date: 2001-05-01
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