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Title:Africa in the Global Political Economy at the End of the Millennium: What Implications for Politics and Policies?
Author:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:4th Quarter
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:political economy
international economic relations
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
international relations
Inter-African Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4187064
Abstract:This paper looks at Africa's position in the global political economy at the end of the millennium. Part 1 (Contexts) presents a number of novel variables and argues that Africa's emerging responses to the exponential pressures of globalization and fragmentation, regionalisms and restructuring constitute something of a weather vane: which forces will dominate development directions there and elsewhere into the next millennium? Given the complex set of contexts, it is rather too simple to accept that the continent's position is unrelievedly marginal. Indeed, the late 1990s may constitute an unexpectedly promising period for Africa's redirection and renaissance as the hegemonic position of neoconservative policies is increasingly under challenge everywhere. Part 2 (Responses) highlights five central features in the contemporary continent - reformulations of foreign policy; new security and diplomatic relations; continental crises and regional conflicts; new regionalisms and functionalisms; and the tension between burgeoning democratization and creeping corporatism - all of which pose policy challenges and opportunities both on and off the continent. Notes, ref.