Inclusive Growth and Developmental Governance: The Next African Frontiers

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There has been a sustained increase in economic growth in Africa since the mid-1990s. However, most economies have not yet experienced transformation to greater productivity and global competitiveness. It is argued by some experts that what Africa needs are the industrial policy strategies that have transformed East Asian economies. Such policies are associated, in their initial phase, with autocratic regimes. On the other hand, it is widely believed that it is the liberalization of African political and economic systems that made possible today’s “rising” or “emergent” Africa. A contrary hypothesis has been advanced by one group of scholars that a new form of political and economic governance—developmental patrimonialism as exemplified by the Rwandan and Ethiopian governments—suggests a better pathway from poverty to inclusive growth. This paper examines these contrasting arguments. It concludes with the need for greater discussion and research on developmental governance and the building of coherent and effective democratic states.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Context and Concepts
EditorsCelestin Monga, Justin Yifu Lin
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199687114
StatePublished - 2015


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