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'The Chinese just come and do it’: China in Africa and the prospects for development planning

Mohan, Giles (2013). 'The Chinese just come and do it’: China in Africa and the prospects for development planning. International Development Planning Review, 35(3) v-xii.

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Abstract

China is the major ‘new’ player in Africa and impacts on development and planning in numerous ways. This Viewpoint assesses whether, and how, China alters the way in which African states plan, both now and in the future. It argues for disaggregating ‘China’ and ‘Africa’ and the actors which drive and mediate these relationships. While the Chinese have refocused attention on economic growth for development and provide much-needed infrastructure, the case is made that they do not greatly alter the way in which African states plan. The Chinese projects tend to be elitist and enclaved, with limited local consultation, thus remaining relatively non-transparent. Compounding this is the weak local regulation, which has the potential to release a spiral of undercutting standards.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1478-3401
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Politics of Chinese engagment with African 'development': case studies of Angola and GhanaRES-062-23-0487ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Africa; China; development; development planning; infrastructure
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 37838
Depositing User: Giles Mohan
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 08:09
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/37838
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