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Title:Beyond Neo-Colonialism: Varieties of Corporatism in Africa
Author:Shaw, Timothy M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
political economy
multinational enterprises
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160305
Abstract:Independence in Africa did allow indigenous interests to be introduced into transnational networks, which included multinational companies, aid agencies, and international organisations. But although various strategies of indigenisation and partial nationalisation have been adopted and implemented in recent years, their impact on Africa's development prospects have been marginal because 1) underdevelopment is so deep and pervasive, 2) the world system is highly adaptive, and 3) the new class does not want to (cannot) terminate its links with international interests. Yet the role of intermediaries and the place of the multinationals are dynamic: they respond to, and reflect transformations in, the political economies of both centre and periphery. This article reviews salient changes in both the world system and African incorporation, and suggests the need for radical scholarship if the incidence and impact of 'corporatism' are to be checked and reserved. The focus here is on the changeable features of corporatism on the continent, recognising that the cluster of central social relations varies between countries and over time. Notes.