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Inequality in Africa : Political Elites, Proletariat, Peasants and the Poor - E. Wayne Nafziger

Inequality in Africa

Political Elites, Proletariat, Peasants and the Poor

Paperback Published: 24th October 1988
ISBN: 9780521317030
Number Of Pages: 220

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This study of inequality in Africa, first published in 1988, not only rejected the orthodox approach of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which neglected income distribution and advocated greater external economic reliance, but also the statist Lagos Plan of Action, which supported comprehensive planning, large capital-intensive state firms, and increased government intervention in peasant prices. Wayne Nafziger's political economy analysis shows how the colonial legacy, the contemporary global economic system, and the ruling elites' policies of co-opting labour, favouring urban areas, distributing benefits communally, and spending on education to maintain inter-generational class exacerbate discrepancies between regions, urban and rural areas, and bourgeoisie and workers, even under 'African socialism'. The author's policy discussion eschews technoeconomic solutions, arguing that reducing inequality requires democratising political participation as well as economic control.

List of figures and tables
Equality and growth: tradeoff or interlink?
Research without statistics: what are the questions?
African incomes in global perspective
The great descent: inequality and immiserisation
The colonial roots
Transnational relationships
Capitalism, socialism, development and inequality
The ruling class and the people: conflict and discrepancies
Workers, the unemployed, peasants and women
Maintaining class: the role of education
Urban bias and rural poverty
Catching the Nigerian disease: the ruling class and exchange rates
Regional and ethnic inequality
Income distribution in the late twentieth century
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ISBN: 9780521317030
ISBN-10: 0521317037
Series: African Society Today
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 24th October 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33