African Economic Development: Cooperation, Ownership, and Leadership

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At the dawn of independence, Africans did not establish their institutions using processes that took proper account of the pluralism of the societies, while civil society failed to press for institutions to control the state. These mistakes sent them off on non-cooperation paths where ethnicity, poor political leadership, government corruption, and the absence of appropriate rights of citizens to consultation on economic matters have become serious obstacles to the emergence of good economic policy environments. This book identifies the problem areas African citizenry must address, namely: mobilizing domestic demand for good economic policy environment; strengthening cooperation, including bringing the state back in, to speed up the development process; ensuring country ownership in policymaking; reducing ethnicity; reducing government corruption, especially at the highest levels; improving political leadership; developing coherent strategies to face the globalization challenge; and accelerating progress toward rational regional economic integration.


“Dr. Omotunde Johnson, an accomplished theorists and practitioner in development economics, presents in this book a synthesis of his recent and older published works on Economic Development in Africa and in the process raises important questions that will help to set the agenda for future research. A skillful and comprehensive account of economic development in post-Independence Africa, he weaves his experiences from his vantage point of several assignments in various parts of the continent as an IMF official.” – Dr. Afeikhena Theo Jerome, African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat Midrand, South Africa

“African Economic Development: Cooperation, Ownership and Leadership is a new road map towards development, trace by Dr. Johnson ... Cooperation and trust are the means of sustainable growth, and the main instruments for the elimination of the drawbacks attached to ethnic diversity, the reduction of government corruption, and constitute the preliminary steps towards good political leadership as well.” – Dr. Chicot Eboue, Professor of Economics, Université Nancy II

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Afeikhena Theo Jerome


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Domestic Demand for Good Economic Policy Environment

Chapter 3: The State, Cooperation, and the Development Process

Chapter 4: Country Ownership, Conditionality, the Economic Policymaking

Chapter 5: Ethnicity

Chapter 6: Government Corruption

Chapter 7: Political Leadership

Chapter 8: Facing the Globalization Challenge

Chapter 9: Regional Economic Integration

Chapter 10: Conclusion


Index - Author

Index - Subject

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