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In this blogpost Tim Di Muzio describes how the perspective of capital as power may help to understand, explain and critique aspects of political economy in Africa. Old traditions and perspectives, Di Muzio argues, continue to have a stranglehold on political economy yet the approach of capital as power offers insights closer to the actual practices of capitalists. How might this perspective be mobilized to understand, explain and critique various aspects of African political economy? ...

Arndt Hopfmann asks what the legacy of the Russian Revolution can tell us about industrialisation and radical political transformation in the Global South, and in Africa in particular. He argues that there are lessons for the political economy of development and industrialization policies that must be learnt if we are serious about radical transformation today....

Lee Wengraf unpicks the myths of Africa’s so-called 'resource curse', a term she argues that is profoundly ahistorical. Blaming a 'resource curse' purely on dictators and politicians, as many Western academics have argued, refuses to admit that the colonial pillage of Africa continues, now driven through trade rules, bilateral and multilateral arrangements, multinational companies and international agencies....

Continuing our series on capitalism on the continent Kate Meagher writes how debates on industrial policy and the developmental state in Africa have directed attention to wider processes of class formation and economic transformation that seemed until recently to have fallen out of fashion. In this blog she looks at the transformation in the African working class....

Following a recent debate on 'African Capitalist Society' organised by Jörg Wiegratz of the Review of African Political Economy at the UK African Studies Association conference in Cambridge, Stefan Ouma continues the discussion on roape.net. As Ouma points out the historical context for such a debate is very different from the 1970s and 1980s – when ROAPE was at the forefront of scholarly discussions on this topic. Ouma argues passionately for a less holistic framing of the subject matter, talking in plural terms and avoiding linear, territorial, singular or transhistorical notions of 'capitalism'....

In this wide-ranging critique of Firoze Manji's article on the failure of left movements in Africa, David Seddon writes that Manji's 'failure' implies falling short of something that could be identified as a ‘success’, which is an extraordinarily and unhelpfully binary approach to the study of class struggle, social movements and political change. ...

Abiodun Olamosu and Andy Wynne review Africa: Why the Economist Got it Wrong. They argue that the book provides a critical review of the recent economic history of Africa. Morten Jerven argues that, for most of the past two decades, mainstream economists have been trying to explain the chronic failure of economic growth in Africa. They have largely failed....