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Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of 'Development' in Africa


Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)

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About this book


This monograph reclaims neo-colonialism as an analytical force for making sense of poverty and the failure of ‘development’ strategies within many African states in an era of free market globalisation. Eschewing polemics and weaving three country case studies throughout each chapter (Ghana, Uganda and Zambia), the book offers a rigorous assessment of the origins of ‘neo-colonialism’ as a Marxian concept; provides an examination of two main varieties of neo-colonial intervention in the Africa state and highlights the complicity of certain African elites in perpetuating neo-colonial relations; examines some of the policy outcomes of both varieties of neo-colonialism; and last but not least examines the broader social and environmental consequences of neo-colonialism. The book provides an original contribution to studies of African political economy, demonstrating the on-going relevance of the concept of neo-colonialism, and reclaiming it for scholarly analysis in a global era.


neo-colonialism development Africa poverty inequality globalization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Mark Langan is Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University, UK. 

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