African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


African development crisis and global thinking: Collapse of the periphery, decay of the core

Franklins A. Sanubi
  • Franklins A. Sanubi
  • Department of Political Science, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 29 July 2013
  •  Accepted: 16 April 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014


This paper used the core-periphery concept of underdevelopment as a theoretical framework to analyze the African development crisis and the collapse of African initiatives with the development of the Global thought. The paper observed inter alia, that the force of Globalization in which the policies of the core centers have led to the collapse of local (African state) initiatives in all spectrums of the region’s developmental question has not only created more domestic problems of underdevelopment but is also gradually exporting the accompanying pressures in a scale that would ultimately lead to a decay of the core-controlled global system. It recommended among other things, a rethink by the core in its development policies by shifting emphasis (through investments, divestments or aids) towards the periphery in an effort to mitigate the heavily-tilted developmental gap between the north and south. 

Key words: African development crisis, globalization and inequality, core/periphery paradigm, North-South gap.