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    Building The African State In The Age Of Globalisation

    Building The African State In The Age Of Globalisation: The Role of Social Compacts and Lessons for South Africa explores the role of social compacts in building the African state and the impact of globalization on this process. For all the predictions of its demise, the State in Africa is alive in all its diverse manifestations. The complete breakdown of the State in places such as Somalia is the exception that proves the rule, although judging from some writings one would think that they are the norm.

    The real issue then is not so much building the African state but making it a more accountable and more efficient instrument for addressing the issues that Africans have reason to consider fundamental. A growing understanding is that we are talking about democratic developmental states: developmental (in the sense that they facilitate and promote economic growth and structural transformation), democratic (in the sense that they derive their legitimacy through popular participation and electoral process) and socially inclusive (in the sense that they pursue social policies that ensure equitable entitlements of all their citizens to ensure that their capacities and functioning are adequate for a decent inclusion in societal affairs).

    Building The African State In The Age Of Globalisation: The Role of Social Compacts and Lessons for South Africa   by Prof Thandika Mkandawire was presented as the MISTRA Inaugural Annual Lecture 2012

    To purchase Building The African State In The Age Of Globalisation: The Role of Social Compacts and Lessons for South Africa please contact Ms Angela McClelland at angela@ste.co.za or on 27-11-646-2844

    Essays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State can also be bought from Kalahari.com

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