Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of 'Development' in Africa
Contemporary African Political Economy
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.
DedicationAcknowledgementsContentsList of Acronyms1. Neo-colonialism and Nkrumah: Recovering a Critical Concept2. Neo-colonialism and Foreign Corporations in Africa3. Neo-colonialism and Donor Interventions: Western Aid Mechanisms4. Emerging Powers and Neo-colonialism in Africa5. Trade and Neo-colonialism: The Case of Africa-EU ties6. Security, Development and Neo-colonialism7. The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Neo-colonialism8. Agency, Sovereignty and Neo-colonialism
Mark Langan is Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University, UK.
This monograph reclaims neo-colonialism as an analytical force for making sense of poverty and the failure of ‘development’ strategies within many African states in an era of free market globalisation. Eschewing polemics and weaving three country case studies throughout each chapter (Ghana, Uganda and Zambia), the book offers a rigorous assessment of the origins of ‘neo-colonialism’ as a Marxian concept; provides an examination of two main varieties of neo-colonial intervention in the Africa state and highlights the complicity of certain African elites in perpetuating neo-colonial relations; examines some of the policy outcomes of both varieties of neo-colonialism; and last but not least examines the broader social and environmental consequences of neo-colonialism. 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.
Re-engages the concept of 'neo-colonialism' to make sense of the ongoing cycle of poverty in Africa and the failure of developmentOffers a unique theoretical approach to varieties of neo-colonial intervention in AfricaEngages a wide array of country cases, including Ghana, Uganda and Zambia