IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Securing the resurgence of African cities

Listed author(s):
  • Ivan Turok


After two decades of stagnation and decline, there has been a turnaround in the fortunes of many African economies. The implications of this for the burgeoning urban population remain unclear because the connections between economic development and urbanisation appear to be weaker in Africa than elsewhere. It is possible that the benefits of the recovery could by-pass more than benefit the cities because growth is being driven mainly by the extraction of natural resources and not by broad-based industrialisation. The article argues therefore that economic policy in Africa needs a stronger spatial dimension, and that urban policy needs a stronger economic dimension.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Article provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.

Volume (Year): 28 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 142-157

in new window

Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:28:y:2013:i:2:p:142-157
Contact details of provider: Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:28:y:2013:i:2:p:142-157. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.