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Title:Rise and decline of Senegal's light industry: the merchant-capital logic of accumulation
Author:Boone, CatherineISNI
Periodical:Année africaine - CEAN
Geographic term:Senegal
industrial policy
Abstract:This paper shows that the fate of 'neocolonial' manufacturing industry in Dakar, Senegal, has been determined not by the force of the market per se, but rather by political forces that shaped the allocation of government-created rents. Over the course of the 1970s and 1980s, commercial and industrial rents became strategic patronage resources. These patronage resources played an increasingly important role in fuelling the UPS/PS (Union progressiste sénégalaise - Parti socialiste) political machine and in managing political tensions that emerged in the context of a stagnating economy. As this happened, rents were inadvertently drained from industry, altering investors' strategies and gradually undermining the profitability of light manufacturing. In Senegal, manufacturers' and traders' struggles for control over domestic markets became part and parcel of much broader struggles over political power, and these struggles worked over time to transform industrial structures that had been established in the 1950s and 1960s. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French (p. 7-8).