Foreign Policy and the New International Division of Labor in the Late-1980s: the African Dimension

  • Timothy M. Shaw
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Foreign policy in Africa as both practice and analysis has changed dramatically in the 1980s with important implications for comparative praxis. The confident, consensual decade of the 1960s, when personality and ideology were assumed to be primary, yielded to a conflictual stand-off in the 1970s between diplomacy and dependency, followed by a novel agenda in the 1980s: debt, devaluation, privatization and ecology. These moods of analysts and modes of analysis reflect the mixed fortunes of the continent as the postwar Bretton Woods order yielded to a New International Division of Labor in which Africa was marginal and vulnerable in economic and strategic terms, respectively. They may be contrasted in terms of intensity and implication with moods and modes elsewhere in the so-called Third World (Korany, 1986).


Political Economy Foreign Policy Informal Sector African State International Division 
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