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Trends In Transnational Political Engagement In Africa: The Promises Of NEPAD

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This chapter examines the current political tendencies in Africa as reflected in the crafting of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). It attempts to show the deeper ramifications of NEPAD in terms other than a superior-subordinate or intermediary relationship. Neo-Gramscian concepts of hegemony, civil society and passive revolution are deployed to make a case for NEPAD as a conscious African agency that is part and parcel of a global hegemonic bloc. The chapter introduces the content of NEPAD and the political reaction it engendered in Africa. It evaluates the validity of national interest to account for the emergence and decline of NEPAD. The chapter offers an alternative explanation based on Neo-Gramscian concepts of transnationalism, hegemony, counter-hegemony and civil society. It suggests the causes for the current decline of NEPAD and the prospects for the future of hegemonic politics in Africa.

Keywords: Africa; hegemonic politics; Neo-Gramscian concepts; new partnership for Africa's development (NEPAD); transnationalism



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