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Queuing up for Africa: the geoeconomics of Africa’s growth and the politics of African agency

Mohan, Giles (2015). Queuing up for Africa: the geoeconomics of Africa’s growth and the politics of African agency. International Development Planning Review, 37(1)

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In analysing Africa’s development it is important to consider the complex global-local dynamics at play and the necessity of getting underneath representations of the continent in order to better understand its social change. Taking these concerns into recent work on China’s engagement with Africa, I argue that the focus on Chinese power tends to occlude the role of African agency in these relationships. I demonstrate this through the case of a gas plant in Ghana that is financed by Chinese loans secured against oil sales that is being built by one of China’s main national oil companies. The wider developmental benefits, however, are limited and deals such as this are brokered at the elite level which means that ‘ordinary’ Africans gain relatively little from these major projects. As such, while African agency is evident it is confined to elites connected to the state.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1478-3401
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
A comparative analysis of Chinese migrant integration in West Africa (XD-08-075-GM)ES/G035318/1ESRC
Extra Information: 8 pp.
Keywords: China; Africa; Ghana; resources; oil; national oil companies
Academic Unit/School: 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)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 41896
Depositing User: Giles Mohan
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 09:44
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:53
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