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Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books)

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Publisher Comments:

By the end of the twentieth century, sub-Saharan Africa had experienced twenty-five years of economic and political disaster. While economic miracles in China and India raised hundreds of millions from extreme poverty, Africa seemed to have been overtaken by violent conflict and mass destitution, and ranked lowest in the world in just about every economic and social indicator.

Review:

"This concise volume from the Boston Review series creates a conversation between leading scholars on Africa and development specialists. The opening salvo comes from economist Miguel (coauthor of Economic Gangsters) who, recalling a visit to Kenya and the plethora of cellphones, road improvements and small stores he witnessed, tentatively posits, 'It is now possible to wonder whether the terrible decades of war, famine, and despair are finally over.' In the ensuing chapters, nine scholars debate this claim, highlighting technological, political and environmental aspects of African development. Olu Ajakaiye, of the African Economic Research Consortium, questions China's ability to improve African trade markets; Paul Collier (The Bottom Billion) questions Miguel's assertion that democratization is responsible for recent economic gains on the continent. While the book focuses on Africa's recent political and economic gains, the authors do not gloss over the violence, corruption and global economic factors that could still derail Africa's economic renewal, but they avoid 'politically correct positive and stereotypically negative' prognostications, making this a refreshing take on the fortunes of Africa in the current century and a fascinating compendium of some of the leading theorists of African development." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Signs of hope in sub-Saharan Africa: modest but steady economic growth and the spread of democracy.

Synopsis:

Edward Miguel, coauthor with Raymond Fisman of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center of Evalulations for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Author

By the end of the twentieth century, sub-Saharan Africa had experienced twenty-five years of economic and political disaster. While "economic miracles" in China and India raised hundreds of millions from extreme poverty, Africa seemed to have been overtaken by violent conflict and mass destitution, and ranked lowest in the world in just about every economic and social indicator. Working in Busia, a small Kenyan border town, economist Edward Miguel began to notice something different starting in 1997: modest but steady economic progress, with new construction projects, flower markets, shops, and ubiquitous cell phones. In Africa's Turn? Miguel tracks a decade of comparably hopeful economic trends throughout sub-Saharan Africa and suggests that we may be seeing a turnaround. He bases his hopes on a range of recent changes: democracy is finally taking root in many countries; China's successes have fueled large-scale investment in Africa; and rising commodity prices have helped as well. Miguel warns, though, that the growth is fragile. Violence and climate change could derail it quickly, and he argues for specific international assistance when drought and civil strife loom. Responding to Miguel, nine experts gauge his optimism. Some question the progress of democracy in Africa or are more skeptical about China's constructive impact, while others think that Miguel has underestimated the threats represented by climate change and population growth. But most agree that something new is happening, and that policy innovations in health, education, agriculture, and government accountability are the key to Africa's future.Contributors Olu Ajakaiye, Ken Banks, Robert Bates, Paul Collier, Rachel Glennerster, Rosamond Naylor, Smita Singh, David N. Weil, and Jeremy M. Weinstein

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262012898
Author:
Miguel, Edward
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Foreword by:
Easterly, William R.
Foreword:
Easterly, William R.
Author:
M. R
Author:
y, William R.
Author:
Chasman, Deb
Author:
Easterl
Author:
Easterly, Willia
Author:
Easterly, William R.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Political stability
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Africa, Sub-Saharan Economic conditions.
Subject:
Africa, sub-saharan
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Boston Review Books Africa's Turn?
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 x 0.5 in

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Product details 176 pages Mit Press - English 9780262012898 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This concise volume from the Boston Review series creates a conversation between leading scholars on Africa and development specialists. The opening salvo comes from economist Miguel (coauthor of Economic Gangsters) who, recalling a visit to Kenya and the plethora of cellphones, road improvements and small stores he witnessed, tentatively posits, 'It is now possible to wonder whether the terrible decades of war, famine, and despair are finally over.' In the ensuing chapters, nine scholars debate this claim, highlighting technological, political and environmental aspects of African development. Olu Ajakaiye, of the African Economic Research Consortium, questions China's ability to improve African trade markets; Paul Collier (The Bottom Billion) questions Miguel's assertion that democratization is responsible for recent economic gains on the continent. While the book focuses on Africa's recent political and economic gains, the authors do not gloss over the violence, corruption and global economic factors that could still derail Africa's economic renewal, but they avoid 'politically correct positive and stereotypically negative' prognostications, making this a refreshing take on the fortunes of Africa in the current century and a fascinating compendium of some of the leading theorists of African development." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Signs of hope in sub-Saharan Africa: modest but steady economic growth and the spread of democracy.
"Synopsis" by , Edward Miguel, coauthor with Raymond Fisman of Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center of Evalulations for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley.
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