Africa in the Global Political Economy: Globalization, Regionalization, or Marginalization?

  • Timothy M. Shaw
Part of the The New Regionalism book series (NERE)


Although, unlike many other Southern continents, Africa contains no NICs (South East Asia) (Stein, 1995) or even near-NICs (also South East Asia along with Latin America and, possibly early in the next century, China and India), neither does it confront the overwhelming constraints of people and/or values in much of either the Middle East or South Asia. Its political economies belong largely to Fourth (Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) and Fifth (Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, Zaire) Worlds rather than Third (Botswana, Mauritius, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and, at least historically, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal?) (Nyang’oro and Shaw, 1992; Shaw, 1993; Swatuk and Shaw, 1994), thus transcending any lingering colonial or regional let alone contemporary ‘political’ or ideological typologies. I elaborate on Africa’s unenviable place in the avant-garde of global trends in the first part below, distinguishing feasible scenarios in the second, and turning to possible continental and international policy responses in the third.


Civil Society Political Economy Foreign Policy Informal Sector Structural Adjustment 
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