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African Capitalism : The Struggle for Ascendency - Paul T. Kennedy

African Capitalism

The Struggle for Ascendency

Paperback Published: 5th December 1988
ISBN: 9780521319669
Number Of Pages: 244

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For many years, the prevailing view of African capitalism stressed its dependence on state and foreign capital and therefore its inability to make a significant contribution to African development. Drawing upon material from a number of countries and a range of academic disciplines, this 1988 book provides an analysis of African capitalism which offers a much more positive view of its role. The book suggests that a number of major constraints have combined to obstruct the emergence of dynamic African capitalist bourgeoisies: foreign competition, the cultural climate, the dependency factor in African economic life, the evolving class structure, the quality of indigenous enterprise and the nature of politics, ideology and state power. All these are assessed and found to be significant, but in the final analysis, it has been in the arena of politics and ideology, centred on the struggle to exercise state power, that the fate of private indigenous capitalism has so often been determined.

Themes and perspectives
Economic development during the colonial period
Colonial rule and African enterprise
Government, politics and African capitalism since independence
Class formation and state power
African business and foreign capital: the contemporary situation
The cultural and economic climate
Entrepreneurial endeavour. business success and social origins
What prospects for African capitalism?
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ISBN: 9780521319669
ISBN-10: 0521319668
Series: African Society Today
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 5th December 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36