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The Development Planning Era and Developmental Statehood: The Pursuit of Structural Transformation in Nigeria

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-560
Number of pages16
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Issue number142
Early online date3 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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This paper locates the development planning era within the discourse on developmental statehood, with reference to Nigeria. It considers the state's use of development planning to facilitate resource transfers between economic sectors for the purpose of socio-economic transformation. The paper draws on the analytical framework of the enhanced developmental state paradigm (EDSP), which derives from the empirical experiences of East Asian developmental states and classical development economic concepts. It finds that although the development planning era was very significant for attempts at structural change, attendant processes and outcomes were undermined by changes in intellectual and policy debates on global development.

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