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The Role of the State in Economic Change$
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Ha-Joon Chang and Robert Rowthorn

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289845.001.0001

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The State and Economic Change in Africa

The State and Economic Change in Africa

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The Role of the State in Economic Change

Brian van Arkadie

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the role of the government of each African state in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The study deals first with the ongoing conflicts in this part of the world, and leads to the question if states will still exist in the region. The crises happening in the African states as well as the actions made by their governments affect not only the African society but also the economic potentials of these states. Macroeconomic fundamentals of a country depend upon the social structure and security of the state. The study covers virtually all of the African states but stresses, or gives importance to, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Liberia and Ghana. These countries are either under conflict or have just survived a recently concluded conflict, usually civil war.

Keywords:   Sub-Saharan Africa, Somalia, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, economic change

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