By Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko
This booklet provides an unique and significant evaluation of Africa's varied political economies which takes under consideration modern crises, present analyses, old insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new facts, it proposes a singular framework for research such as category coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.
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31 Such an analysis needs to stand as a potential constraint when examining the influence of the dominant class and post-colonial state in other specific African contexts. To summarise the discussion so far we can say that during the first decade after independence, spurred on by the heady optimism engendered by the decolonisation process and the influence of modernisation theory, we perceived possibilities for 'take-off in Africa. In the second decade, chastened by the 'false start', and the failure of modernisation theory, we saw only 'underdevelopment' - epitomised by the work of Samir Amin and the late Walter Rodney.
As has recently been demonstrated, in regard to one of Africa's poorest land-locked states, in some states, for the sheer want of any alternative, there is little or no prospect - at this particular point in time - for the development of a significant component of the dominant class outside the confines of what we might call a state bourgeoisie. 28 Further, again using Leys' terminology, it is perhaps more appropriate, in such contexts to minimise the role of the state as 'the leading edge of indigenous capital in its assault' on international capital at the expense of a view which sees the state as the 'register of a general imbalance' between domestic and international capital.
33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 37 - the Significance of the Kenyan Case', Socialist Register, vol. 15, 1978,241 66. See for example, Tony Smith, 'The Underdevelopment of Development Literature: The Case of Dependency Theory', World Politics 31(2) 1979, 24 7-88; Pat McGowan and David Smith, 'Economic Dependency in Black Africa: An Analysis of Competing Theories', International Organisation 32(1) 1978, 179-235, and Pat McGowan, 'Economic Development and Economic Performance in Black Africa', Journal of Modern African Studies 14(1) 1976, 25-40.
Africa Projected: From Recession to Renaissance by the Year 2000? by Timothy M. Shaw, Olajide Aluko