In Economic Growth and Democracy in Post-Colonial Africa: Cabo Verde, Small States, and the World Economy, edited by João Resende-Santos and Aminah Fernandes Pilgrim, the contributors provide a comprehensive academic analysis of the political economy of Cabo Verde (Cabo Verde) from its independence in 1975 to the present. Democracy and economic growth have been in short supply in post-colonial Africa. Yet the widespread misperception of this vast and diverse continent as experiencing only failure has overshadowed cases of good governance, human development, and social peace. This volume offers a comprehensive analytical narrative on how Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) forged a nation and navigated the world system since independence to achieve some progress. The volume critically examines its political and institutional evolution, foreign affairs, economy, and development policy. The chapters analyze the sources and nature of this relative success as well as underscore the many shortcomings and challenges ahead. As the first volume in English on Cabo Verde’s political economy, it serves as both a primary source and sociopolitical study, featuring some of the most accomplished scholars and policy practitioners. This collection aims to fill this gap in the literature and offers a new perspective on democracy and growth in post-colonial Africa.
João Resende-Santos is associate professor of international studies at Bentley University.
Aminah N. Fernandes Pilgrim is a faculty member of critical ethnic and community studies, Africana studies, and women’s and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Joao Resende-Santos and Aminah Pilgrim
Chapter One: Revisiting State-Building and the Challenges of Democracy in Cape Verde
Chapter Two: Cabo Verde in the World
Andre Corsino Tolentino
Chapter Three: Evolution and Macroeconomic Management of the Economy in Cabo Verde
Chapter Four: The Political System, the Transition to Democracy, and the Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Cabo Verde
Chapter Five: Tourism in Cape Verde: Evolution, Risks, and Challenges
Chapter Six: Cape Verde and the United Nations: Lessons from the Country’s 30-year LDC Experience
Chapter Seven: Relations Between Cabo Verde and Europe
Chapter Eight: Where Are the Women? The Cabo Verdean Diaspora in the Context of African Development
Terza Alice Silva Lima-Neves
Chapter Nine: The USA and Cabo Verde: From Humanitarian Assistance to Security Partnership
Abel Djassi Amado
“This remarkable book, a tremendous educational resource, assembles distinguished scholars and influential policy practitioners engaging with Cabo Verde’s political economy since independence. Cabo Verde has been plagued with resource deprivation, long-term poverty, and a ‘fading and failing rural economy,’ and in this first of its kind for English-speaking audiences, the contributors treat these volcanic islands and their geostrategic Atlantic orbits in global contexts as an emerging democracy, central diasporic node, development darling, security partner, and tourism terminus.”
“This is a fresh collection of academic essays by younger Cape Verdean scholars who are placing this newish African republic in its historical, economic, and political context. It projects the challenging and distinguished post-colonial context of Cape Verde and the hurdles and opportunities that lie ahead for this all-too-rare African experience in democracy and development, whose population is largely diasporic.”