The Potentiality of ‘Developmental States’ in Africa:
Botswana and Uganda Compared. Pamela Mbabazi and Ian Taylor. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2005, 188 p., ISBN: 2-86978-164-4
The Potentiality of ‘Developmental States’ in Africa investigates the potential role of the state in Africa in promoting development in this era of globalisation. Using Botswana and Uganda as case studies, the volume argues that it is not the amount of state involvement in the economy that matters, but the quality. This set of original studies compares and contrasts issues that distinguish the two countries’ development record and style of activity of the state in promoting development.
Written by a collection of researchers drawn mainly from Botswana and Uganda, this book argues that there are some elements of the developmental state model which can be seen in both countries. These elements have arguably contributed to some of the relative successes in the two states. Contextualising the case studies within the history and political economy of the respective countries, the book is a valuable addition to the on-going debate on the role, nature and character of states in Africa. A must read for development studies students, researchers, politicians and development practitioners.
Pamela Mbabazi is a Development Planner by training and has been teaching various courses in Development Planning and Rural Development at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda over the last eight years. She is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies. Her research interests include governance issues, the impact of globalization on third world countries and peace-building. Her publications include Supply Chain and Liberalisation of the Milk Industry in Uganda (2005) and articles in Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs.
Ian Taylor is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He previously worked at the University of Botswana for four years. He is the author of Stuck in Middle GEAR: South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Foreign Relations (2001) and is the co-editor of Africa in International Politics: External Involvement on the Continent (2004), as well as other work on broad development issues in Africa.