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Industrialization, Exports and the Developmental State in Africa: The Case for Transformation

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  • Mwangi wa Githinji


    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Olugbenga Adesida


    (African Leadership Institute)

This essay explores the role of the state in promoting exports and industrialization in the quest for transformation of African economies. It does this by exploring the role of trade in African economies followed by a brief look at the East Asian Developmental state. This is followed by an examination of why many African states have failed at being drivers of transformation. It concludes by examining the potential role of African states in a project of transformation as well as the available avenues and resources for transformation. JEL Categories: O1; O2; O3; N17; N47; N57; N67; N77.

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics in its series UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers with number 2011-18.

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Date of creation: Aug 2011
Handle: RePEc:ums:papers:2011-18
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