review of african political economy

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The Review of African Political Economy is a refereed academic journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Since 1974 ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, and to organised struggles against them, whether these inequities are driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, ethnicity and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.

Since December 2015, ROAPE has had three websites

Our academic journal is published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. All NEW ARTICLES are available on the Taylor and Francis website.

This site is run by the ROAPE international collective and provides free access to the ROAPE ARCHIVES. This consists of downloadable .pdfs of hundreds of articles published by ROAPE that are more than seven years old. They can be searched using the box to the right.

ROAPE's new website ROAPE.NET seeks to help reinvigorate scholar activism in and about Africa, and to involve new communities on the continent and elsewhere in a host of ROAPE activities, projects, conferences and events. The aim is to develop a new audience for the Review, to generate material for both the website and for the print issue, and to build deeper and sustainable connections with scholars, students, activists and institutions who work in and on Africa. The site holds videos of conferences, interviews with scholars and activists, regular conference reports, a blog, details about ROAPE bursaries, ongoing ROAPE projects, reviews, longer online articles and free access through the publisher Taylor and Francis to our Briefings and Debates. We want to develop the website to become a leading online resource for radical political economy in Africa.



      Vol 32, No. 104/5, June/Sept 2005


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    • – "Cultural Determinism/Hegemony/Efficacy of Defective States" by Tim Jacoby MORE
    • – "Global Flows: Terror, Oil & Strategic Philanthropy" by Sandra T Barnes MORE
    • – "Sovereignty & Democratic Exclusion in New South Africa" by Lars Buur MORE
    • – "Political Economy of Angolan Growth: Social & Regional Structure" by Steven Kyle MORE
    • – "Six Months On: What Shift in EU Approach to EPA?" by Paul Goodison MORE
    • – "Eduardo Mondlane & Rise/Fall of Mozambican Socialism" by John S Saul MORE
    • – "Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Now Who Calls Shots?" by Alastair Fraser MORE
    • – "Development Denied: Autocratic Mil in Post-elec Zimbabwe" by Sarah Bracking MORE
    • – "Violence/Social Order Beyond State: Somalia/Angola" by Jutta Bakonyi and Kirsti Stuvøy MORE