The Quest for Development: Theoretical Discourse

  • Adeoye O. Akinola
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


The modernization theory and radical political economy perspectives (dependency theory and dependent development perspectives) have occupied a unique position in explaining Africa’s socio-economic crises. However, I utilized the radical political economy perspectives and new public management theory to provide an understanding of Nigeria’s development dilemma. The modernization school had adopted a prescriptive and evolutionary analysis to tackle the economic crises of developing countries like Nigeria. In sharp contrast, dependency theory adopted a political economy approach to analyze the underdevelopment of the periphery. Dependent development theory dismissed liberalism and redefined the role of states and the transformation of public institutions into management bodies, while the new public management theory addressed the quest for a policy shift in the oil sector under a management-oriented Nigerian bureaucracy.


Dependency Dependent development Modernization Underdevelopment New public management 


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  • Adeoye O. Akinola
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  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

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