Africa in Crisis
New Challenges and Possibilities
Edited by: Tunde Zack-Williams, Diane Frost, Alex Thomson
- ISBN: 9780745316482
- Extent: 240pp
- Release Date: 20 Jan 2002
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Hardback
- Category: Development Studies
The continent of Africa is in crisis, yet it was not always so. Following the decade of independence in the 1960s there was widespread optimism, but this almost totally disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s. As the millennium unfolds, Africa is faced with seemingly insurmountable problems: economic marginalisation from the global market; a major health crisis stemming from the destructive effects of malaria and HIV/AIDS; and chronic political instability after a string of devastating civil wars.
This book argues that the decline in Africa's fortunes as a whole can be dated from the oil crisis and subsequent economic unrest of the late 1970s. Economic mismanagement and political authoritarianism sowed the seeds for the devastating problems of the following decades. International financial institutions incurred structural adjustment programmes over most of sub-Saharan Africa that led to the wholesale privatisation of state functions. This lucidly detailed account pinpoints the root causes of the crisis, and asks what lies ahead for the continent in the future. Chapters cover key issues in African development, the pitfalls of democratisation, political economy and international relations.
'This book provides a detailed, critical examination of the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.'
Oxfam Review of Journals
About The Author
Tunde Zack-Williams is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire. He was President of the UK African Studies Association from 2006 to 2008. He is the author of Tributors, Supporters and Merchant Capital: Mining and Underdevelopment in Sierra Leone (1995), The Quest for Sustainable Peace: The 2007 Sierra Leone Elections (2008), co-author of Structural Adjustment: Theory, Practice and Impacts (2000), co-editor of Africa in Crisis: New Challenges and Possibilities (Pluto, 2002) and African Mosaic: Political, Social, Economic and Technological Development in the New Millenium (2009). He is a handling editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a member of the Africa Panel of the British Academy.
Alex Thomson teaches