Implications for state capacity of Chinese investments in Africa.

Giles Mohan

Prof. Giles Mohan publishes working paper on the implications for state capacity of Chinese investments in Africa.

As part of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre at the University of Manchester Giles Mohan has produced a working paper which assesses what the impacts of China might be on the current political system and the prospects for inclusive development. Link....



China is the major ‘new’ player in Africa and impacts on development and politics in numerous ways. The paper sets out an analytical framework which identifies the channels through which China engages with African development and the role the African state plays in mediating these interactions. We then apply this framework to three case studies that are emblematic of differing African state types. Analysis shows that China impacts on African development in multiple ways that go well beyond aid. A feature of this engagement is inter-elite brokerage which tends to bypass domestic channels of accountability and so undermines good governance. That said, in most cases it delivers much needed infrastructure which benefits wider society. Crucially, as civil and political society in Africa has started to contest this elitism we are seeing slightly more transparent attempts to negotiate the relationship. It concludes with an outline of emerging trends and future research themes for the short- to medium–term.

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