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Title:Reflections on African Development
Author:Ergas, Zaki
Year:1986
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:5
Issue:1-2
Period:April-December
Pages:27-39
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:development
economic recession
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Although the African crisis has internal as well as external causes, this paper argues that the external explanations are significantly outweighed by internal causes. As the main internal cause the author mentions excessive State control of the economy and massive and pervasive corruption, irrespective of the regime in power. He examines the question of whether a military government, or a diarchical government, can play a constructive role in the progressive demise of, what he calls, pathological patrimonialism. Since there is a wide consensus nowadays that the most promising strategy for development lies in agricultural and rural development based on smallholder production, the author examines these possibilities for the African countries and the role foreign aid can play. Note, ref.
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