In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008/9, the rise of non-traditional sources of investment and aid, and a growing crisis of confidence in neoliberal models of development, researchers are increasingly focusing on the potential for post-neoliberal, developmental states in Africa. Recent debates ask whether a developmental state is possible, and what the unique, determining conditions for its construction might be in an African context. The contemporary literature on extractive resources, ‘resource nationalism’ and the ‘resource curse’ has appeared as a particularly important component of research and policy debates. This panel solicits abstracts which explore the question of the African Developmental State: its limitations and possibilities; policy and institutional frameworks; resource mobilization strategies and social contestation; national and international contingencies and contexts; and considerations of class formation and capital accumulation projects.

We encourage the submission of paper abstracts which reflect critically on issues of the African Developmental State that include, but are not limited to, the following:

• recent African theorizations of the Developmental State
• Neopatrimonialism and the Developmental State
• resource nationalism in theory and practice
• elections, accountability and democratic developmentalism
• class formation and state transformation
• the Developmental State beyond East-Asia
• a Chinese Model for Africa?
• BRICS alternatives?
• ‘Africa Rising’ and implications for the State

Please send a 200 word abstract, your institutional affiliation and your contact details (email and phone number) to Richard Saunders ([email protected]) and Alex Caramento ([email protected]) by March 14, 2015.