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Welcome to The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for AfricaDramatically escalating prices of raw materials, driven by rapid industrialisation in China and other countries of the global South as well as by looming world shortages, had for the few years preceding the financial meltdown and global recession of 2009 promoted a new scramble for Africa’s natural resources. It signalled a brisk turnaround in prospects for what The Economist had dubbed the “hopeless continent” as recently as 1999. However, while average growth rates across the continent have increased, the implications for Africa’s development were and remain at best dubious.

In this important volume, the new scramble for Africa is placed in the historical context of imperialism and the contributors show important continuities with the original nineteenth-century scramble. However, while the previous scramble was between major European powers, today the continent provides a battleground for competition between the US, the European Union, China and other emerging players such as India and South Africa.

This book raises significant general questions relating to the nature of emerging global competition between the US and China; the centrality of the struggle for oil and minerals and resulting militarisation; the international battle to capture Africa’s markets; the marginalisation of African capitalism; and the ambiguous benefits that investment and production by multinational companies bring to African communities. Arguing that exploitation of the continent by comprador African elites remains central, the book concludes by raising important questions about the prospects for development in Africa.

Table of contents

Introduction A New Scramble for Africa by Roger Southall and Henning Melber

Chapter One Scrambling for Africa? Continuities and Discontinuities with formal imperialism by Roger Southall

Chapter Two Global Capitalism and the Neoliberalisation of Africa by Vishwas Satgar

Chapter Three Global Trade Regimes and Multi-Polarity: The US and Chinese Scramble for African Trade and Resources by Henning Melber

Chapter Four Trade Relations between the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa under the Cotonou Agreement: Repartitioning and Economically Recolonizing the Continent? by Margaret C. Lee

Chapter Five India’s Engagement in Africa: Self Interest or Mutual Partnership? by Sanusha Naidu

Chapter Six South Africa in Africa: still a formidable player by John Daniel and Mpume Bhengu

Chapter Seven The Militarization of the New Scramble in Africa by Martin Rupiya and Roger Southall

Chapter Eight Scrambling for Oil in West Africa? by Cyril Obi

Chapter Nine Oil and War in Chad by Simon Massey and Roy May

Chapter Ten The Mining Boom in Sub-Saharan Africa: Continuity, Change and Policy Implications by Wilson Prichard

Chapter Eleven Extractive Orders: Transnational mining companies in the 19th and 21st century in the Central African Copperbelt by Jana Hönke

Chapter Twelve The Scramble for Genetic Resources by Carol Thompson

Chapter Thirteen The European Union and the scramble for African Fish by Andre Standing

Chapter Fourteen The Scramble for Africa and the Marginalisation of African Capitalism by Roger Southall and Alex Comninos

Chapter Fifteen International Competition, Public Contracts, and Foreign Business Bribery in Africa: The Case of Uganda by Roger Tangri.

Conclusion Towards a Response by Roger Southall and Henning Melber

Book Details

  • The New Scramble for Africa: Imperialism, Investment and Development in Africa edited by Roger Southall and Henning Melber
    EAN: 9781869141714
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