The Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy in Africa: Forced Consensus?

Book cover The Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy in Africa: Forced Consensus?
Charles Soludo, Osita Ogbu, and Ha-Joon Chang
Africa World Press, IDRC
376 pages

This book maps the policy process and political economy of policymaking in Africa. Its focus on trade and industrial policy makes it unique in the literature. Detailed case studies help the reader to understand how the process and motivation behind policy decisions can vary from country to country depending on the form of government, ethnicity and nationality, and other social factors.

The book will appeal to students and academics in economics, political economy, political science, and African studies. Professionals, practitioners, and policymakers in the international donor community and both the governmental and nongovernmental sectors will appreciate the book’s focus on research for impact and policy change.

The editors

Charles C. Soludo is Chief Economic Advisor to the President of Nigeria, Chief Executive of the National Planning Commission, and Professor of Economics at the University of Nigeria. He is formerly Executive Director of the African Institute for Applied Economics. For nearly two decades, Professor Soludo has been a visiting scholar and consultant to many international organizations, and has published extensively on African economic development.

Osita Ogbu is Executive Director of the ATPS Network, an independent African institution charged with the promotion of innovative science and technology policy in Africa. Previously, Dr Ogbu spent 10 years working for the International Development Research Centre, where was responsible for managing and initiating a number of Africa-wide research networks. Dr Ogbu has authored many papers and books in development economics and science and technology policy in Africa.

Ha-Joon Chang is a Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at the University of Cambridge and a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Journal of Economics. Professor Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organizations and national governments on development and economic policies. His 2002 book, Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in a Historical Perspective, was awarded the 2003 Myrdal Prize by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy in memory of the Swedish Nobel Laureate, Gunnar Myrdal.