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Africa and the New World Order
Africa and the New World Order
By Julius O. Ihonvbere
Peter Lang, 2000, 240 pp

Another perspective on Africa's economic and political crises. This study reviews the debt problem, the failures of structural adjustment, the shortcomings of most African efforts at democratization, and problems of building successful regional cooperation. Much of the data is out of date and most of the analysis is familiar -- yesterday's fresh radical ideas that have become today's cliches. But the newcomer to problems of African development may appreciate the author's indignation, as well as his clear (if somewhat repetitive) explanations of major issues. Solutions are prescribed only in general terms: more accountable governments, more aggressive and creative inputs from nongovernmental organizations, and more concern for fair rules of the game by rich countries in a globalizing world.