The Political Economy of African Foreign Policy

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The Political Economy of African Foreign Policy

Edited by Timothy M. Shaw and Olajide Aluko
St. Martin's, 1984
397 pp. $37.50
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Predicting a basic division of African states between those "in favour of further incorporation into the Western system and those in favour of disengagement from it," the editors see a few better-off African states opting for "state capitalism" and strong links to the West, while most others perforce become more "self-reliant." The case studies of individual states do not, however, prove the point. Rather, these often excellent analyses of African international and domestic economic transactions demonstrate the continued paucity and vulnerability of these states' economic options.