The Palgrave Handbook of African Political Economy

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
  • Toyin Falola

Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Historical and Theoretical Foundations of African Political Economy

  3. African Political Economy Thinkers

  4. The State and the Political Economy of Development in Africa

  5. Political Economy of Reforms in Africa

  6. Sectoral Approaches to Africa Political Economy

About this book


This handbook constitutes a specialist single compendium that analyses African political economy in its theoretical, historical and policy dimensions. It emphasizes the uniqueness of African political economy within a global capitalist system that is ever changing and complex. Chapters in the book discuss how domestic and international political economic forces have shaped and continue to shape development outcomes on the continent. Contributors also provoke new thinking on theories and policies to better position the continent’s economy to be a critical global force. The uniqueness of the handbook lies in linking theory and praxis with the past, future, and various dimensions of the political economy of Africa. 

Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba is Associate Professor at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa, South Africa, and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada. 

Toyin Falola is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.


African political economy reforms global political economy regional integration indigenous capitalism infrastructure

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.Thabo Mbeki African Leadership InstituteUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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