About the group
The research group led by Dr. habil. Kai Koddenbrock, investigates historically and in comparative fashion how West African societies have attempted to increase their political and economic sovereignty with a particular focus on the interaction between governments, finance and labor. The group will attempt to find out historically how most West African countries became exporters of only one or two commodities with the help of foreign capital and military force. In the second step we will focus on how postcolonial, newly independent governments have attempted to move away from this with the help of domestic resources, the creation of public and private banks, foreign debt and, most recently, stronger relations to China since independence. Increasing economic complexity, diversifying the economy and thus to reduce dependencies on the world market have been perennial pursuits but have often failed. The Covid crisis has put this into stark relief, again. How can we explain recurrent debt crises and the difficulties in moving away from raw commodity export dependency? Which role do global and domestic social relations play and what does that mean for the state in West Africa? To find answers to these questions we investigate the role of colonial legacies and the various attempts by governments to increase national self-determination through public policies to arrive at a nuanced picture of what can be done in the current global political economy.
Research Group Leader
Isaac Abotebuno Akolgo
Hanna Estephan Eid
Fawziyya Suglo Kartu Issah
Wageningen University, NL
Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven
King's College, London
Ndongo Samba Sylla
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dakar
- Ajl, M., 2021, “A People’s Green New Deal”, Pluto Press, London.
- Akolgo, I. A., 2020, “Putting orthodox economics to the sword: Franklin Obeng-Odoom’s contribution “Property, Institutions and Social Stratification in Africa.””, Journal of African Political Economy and Development, 5(1), 70-75.
- Akolgo, I. A., 2018, “Afro-euphoria: Is Ghana’s economy an exception to the growth paradox?”, Review of African Political Economy, 45(155), 146-15.
- Akolgo, I. A., 2018, “Agenda 2030 in Africa: What the Millennium Development Goals Narrative Teaches about poverty eradication”, African Review of Economics and Finance, 10(1), 3-22.
- Ben Ghada, M., Kaboub, F., Koddenbrock, K., I. Mahmoud and N. S. Sylla, 2021, “African monetary and economic sovereignty in the 21st century”, Pluto Books, London.
- Bieling, H.-J., C. Coburger and P. Klösel, 2021, “Kapitalismusanalysen. Klassische und Neue Konzeptionen der Politischen Ökonomie”, Wochenschau Verlag, UTB.
- Cornier, C., 2021, “Territoriale Autonomie – Sackgasse oder essenzielles Mittel zum Widerstand?”, Forschungsstelle für Radikalisierung gewaltsame Konflike, Fachhochschule Erfurt, Blog Post.
- Cornier, C., 2021, “Forschen als Outsider*in: Feldforschung im globalen Süden”, Forschungsstelle für Radikalisierung gewaltsame Konflike, Fachhochschule Erfurt, Blog Post.
- Cornier, C., 2020, “Kein Frieden am Pazifik”, Jungle World, Newspaper Article.
- Cornier, C., 2019, “Letter from Tumaco: Notes from the forgotten pearl of the Pacific.”, The Bogota Post, Newspaper Article.
- Eid, H.E., 2020, “Imperialism, PPE and Pandemic: Structural Crisis of the Capialist World-System”, Master Thesis.
- Koddenbrock, K., 2020, “Hierarchical multiplicity in the international monetary system: from the slave trade to the Franc CFA in West Africa”, Globalizations, 17(3), 516-531.
- Koddenbrock, K., I. H. Kvangraven and N.S. Sylla, 2020, “Beyond financialization: The need for a longue durée understanding of finance in imperialism”,
Koddenbrock, K. and N. S. Sylla, 2019, “Towards a political economy of monetary dependency: The case of the Franc CFA zone in West Africa MaxPo Discussion paper”,
- Koddenbrock, K., 2019, “Geld, Weltmarkt und monetäre Dependenz: Was uns die Franc CFA Zone über kapitalistisches Geld sagt“, PROKLA, 49 (194), 137-156.
- Koddenbrock, K., 2019, “Money and moneyness: thoughts on the nature and distributional power of the ‘backbone’ of capitalist political economy”, Journal of Cultural Economy, 12(2), 101-118.
- Kvangraven, I. H., K. Koddenbrock and N. S. Sylla, 2021, “Financial subordination and uneven financialisation in 21st century Africa“, Community Development, 56(1): 119-140.
Dr. habil. Kai Koddenbrock
D – 95540 Bayreuth
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