Etats d’émergence en Afrique – Special issue in Critique internationale

Since the beginning of 2010, the image of an “emerging Africa”, a continent “full of hope” boosted by unprecedented economic growth, has become a fixture in the discussions of development experts and on the front page of magazines. In an international context marked by the return of the state as the engine of development, the vast majority of African countries have also adopted an “emergence strategy”. Based on fieldwork in Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, the contributions gathered here dissect this rhetoric and the practices it implements. By formulating the hypothesis of the formation of “states of emergence”, the special issue sheds light on the dynamics of rupture and continuity in the governance of inequality, growth and development in Africa.

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