Economic growth in Africa is reconsidered from three points of view. First, the study of economic growth in Africa has focused on average growth, but the book will show that there has in fact been no failure of economic growth. In particular, the gains made in the 1960s and 1970s have been neglected. Second, it is emphasized that for many countries the decline in economic growth in the 1980s has been overstated and the improvement in economic growth in the 1990s overstated. Third, there is no clear link between economic growth and orthodox economic policies. This goes counter to the mainstream interpretation, suggesting that the importance of economic policies has been overstated, and the importance of external economic conditions understated, in the dominant explanation of African economic performance.
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