Industrial Development in Africa critically synthesizes and reframes the debates on African industrial development in a capability-opportunity framework. It recasts the challenge in a broader comparative context of successive waves of catchup industrialization experiences in the European periphery, Latin America, and East Asia. Berhanu Abegaz explores the case for resource-based and factor-based industrialization in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa by drawing on insights from the history of industrialization, development economics, political economy, and institutional economics.

Unpacking complex and diverse experiences, the chapters look at Africa at several levels: continent-wide, sub-regions on both sides of the Sahara, and present analytical case studies of 12 representative countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire.

Industrial Development in Africa will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students studying African development, African economics, and late-stage industrialization. The book will also be of interest to policymakers.

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part I|49 pages

Industrialization and growth

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chapter 2|14 pages


Why and how?
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part II|46 pages

Theories of industrialization

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Theories of Industrialization

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part III|41 pages

Waves of globalization and industrialization

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part IV|102 pages

Africa’s postcolonial industrial experience

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African Industrial Development

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chapter 8|40 pages

Resource-Based Industrializers

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chapter 9|38 pages

Labor-Based Industrializers

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part V|39 pages

Rethinking industrial strategy

chapter 10|33 pages

New Industrial Policy for Africa

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chapter 11|4 pages

Africa’s Industrial Future

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