Contextualizing the State Structure Requisite for Africa’s Development

  • N. Oluwafemi Mimiko
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This chapter examines the structure of the state that is needed to facilitate economic development in Africa. Despite the fact that Africa has for so long experimented with a variety of developmental models, the continent remains the basket case of development, with deleterious implications, some, of truly global dimensions, for its people. The literature is suffused with suggestions that Africa’s unenviable location on the global development continuum is a consequence of at least one of the following factors: colonialism, a global system that is skewed against its interests, inclement geography, application of wrong policy frameworks, corruption, shortage of relevant institutions, poor leadership, lack of will, and capacity to prosecute appropriate policy measures that would seem to have engendered more positive outcomes elsewhere. Several of the advertised promise of globalization—shared prosperity, freer movement of production factors, a more equitable system, and so on—have become ephemeral for Africa. As a phenomenon that defines the boundaries of engagement in today’s world, globalization continues to entrench the dependent status of African nations on a global economic system, over which they have tenuous control, and which has not demonstrated a credible degree of commitment to the continent.


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  • N. Oluwafemi Mimiko
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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