Tom Young is a senior lecturer in politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the editor of Readings in African Politics, and the author of Africa: A Beginner's Guide.
`For the past few decades, the idea of development has been dominated by policies demanding Thatcherite-style remedies, alongside earnest pleas by charities and celebrities to deliver never-ending amounts of foreign assistance. Neither have worked. Sixty years after the independence era began, the challenge to make African economies more diverse and industrious remains. At times controversial, Tom Young issues a compelling case for a more honest approach to the continent by the West. There is no doubt that his argument needs to be heard.' -- Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy, University of St Andrews