By Issa G. Shivji
The "Washington consensus" which ushered in neo-liberal guidelines in Africa is over. It was once buried on the G20 assembly in London in early April, 2009. the area capitalist process is in shambles. The champions of capitalism within the international North are rewriting the foundations of the sport to put it aside. The predicament creates a gap for the worldwide South, specifically Africa, to refuse to play the capitalist-imperialist online game, regardless of the principles. it's time to reconsider and revisit the advance course and techniques at the continent. this can be the vital message of this intensely argued publication. Issa Shivji demonstrates the necessity to return to the fundamentals of radical political economic system and ask basic questions: who produces the society's surplus product, who appropriates and accumulates it and the way is that this performed. what's the personality of accumulation and what's the social enterprise of swap? The e-book offers another theoretical framework to assist African researchers and intellectuals to appreciate their societies greater and give a contribution in the direction of altering them within the curiosity of the operating humans.
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Llie difference between the mainstream economists and radical political economists lay in their understanding of the nature of the contact between the capitalist West and the undeveloped South and its effect on [he latter. Stages-of-growth theorists such as R o s t o w saw underdeveloped societies at some stage on the linear path of development that Western countries had supposedly traversed. 'I heir analysis revolved around identifying iorccs, which would pu[l them along this developmental path, and obstacles and constraints that impeded the journey.
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