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The Politics of Neoliberal Reforms in Africa. State and Civil Society in Cameroon


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Neoliberalism has become the dominant development agenda in Africa. Faced with a deep economic and political crisis, African governments have been compelled by powerful external agencies, in particular the Bretton Woods institutions and western states, to pursue this agenda as a necessary precondition for the receipt of development aid. What is particularly striking in Africa, however, is that neoliberal experiments there have displayed such remarkable diversity. This may be due not only to substantial differences in historical, economic and political trajectories on the African continent but also, and maybe more importantly, in the degree of resistance internal actors have demonstrated to the neoliberal reforms imposed on them. This book focuses on Cameroon which has had a complex economic and political history and is currently witnessing resistance to the neoliberal experiment by the authoritarian and neopatrimonial state elite and various civil-society groups. It is the culmination of over twenty years of fine and refined research by one of the leading scholars of Cameroon today.

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Konings (African Studies Center in Leiden, the Netherlands) presents reworked versions of 11 articles written over the past couple decades on the impact of neoliberalism on Cameroon and the forms of resistance to neoliberal economic and political reforms exhibited both by Cameroon's authoritarian and neo-patrimonial state and by civil society groups. Topics include forms of elite-state resistance, the role of the opposition Social Democratic Front, the effects of privatization and the push for globally open markets on relations between the state and private capital accumulation, secessionist movements in Anglophone Cameroon in relation to the neoliberal project, the border conflict between Cameroon and Nigeria over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, the impact of the growing economic engagement of China, the economic motivations behind the student strikes at the U. of Yaoundé in the early 1990s, and the impact of neoliberal economic and political reforms on the political power and bargaining strength of organized labor. Distributed in North America by the African Books Collective. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Konings, Piet
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Politics - General
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