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This booklet provides an unique and important evaluate of Africa's different political economies which takes into consideration modern crises, present analyses, ancient insights, and projected difficulties. as well as treating new facts, it proposes a unique framework for research such as type coalitions in addition to contradictions and emphasizes department in addition to co-operation in the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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There is a general consensus that it (the state) is what gives strength to African rulers. Because it does not represent any one specific class it can be harnessed to the services of any incumbent ruling group, be it a regime of noncommissioned officers in Uberia, aristocrats in Northern Nigeria, or white supremacists in South Africa. Control of the apparatus of the state gives that group instant position as the recognised intermediary between the international and domestic arenas. It allows incumbents to bargain with international donors and providers on the one hand and control (to a greater degree than other groups) the distribution of resources domestically on the other hand.

The dependency theorist in a similarly perverse manner ignored these socio-psychological processes in favour of an approach which saw the economic structure as primary and the potential role of the individual actor as irrelevant. In general terms, both approaches treated the state in extremely cavalier fashion. The former theorists saw the 'political' as all and the economic as nothing, while the latter provided little prospect whatsoever for the autonomy of the 'political' from the 'economic'.

The subsequent substitution, in the early years after independence, of the personnel of a growing national dominant class at the expense of settlers would appear to have obvious future parallels for a state such as Zimbabwe, given Zimbabwe's favourable endowments, very high levels of international penetration and recent history of innovation in the face of externally-created obstacles. eys, albeit in somewhat laboured Marxian terminology, calls 'a "systematical combination of moments" conducive to the transition to the capitalist mode of production'.

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