2nd conference: “Macroeconomics and politics in Africa” (31 May)
How can Africa’s “return to growth” and the good ratings that a number of its countries benefit from be understood? What do the macroeconomic accounts on the “new emerging countries” mean, as well as the use of statistical indicators for both those who govern and the population?
The aim of the “Politique Africaine” report on “bottom-up macroeconomics” is to shed light on these questions by adopting a socio-political approach. The authors of the publication analyze the practices surrounding macroeconomic objects and policies and highlight the emergence of new players, new instruments and new ways of grasping the reality; by doing so, they show how these new techniques drastically change socio-political relations and the balance of power within African societies and give these players the opportunity to attain new positions of power.
Macroeconomics is not understood here as the theoretical corpus of economists.
It is, on the contrary, considered as a platform for social struggles and conflicts between social groups and a material to understand the logics of the State, the mechanisms of power and the techniques of knowledge. The macroeconomics of globalized capitalism, thus addressed “from the bottom up”, is therefore seen as a mode of government and of subjugation.
This conference will be held on 31 May 2012 from 10:00 to 12:30 at AFD’s headquarters, 5 rue Roland Barthes, 75012 PARIS
This report will be presented by its two coordinators:
- Béatrice Hibou (CNRS, Sciences Po / CERI, FASOPO),
- Boris Samuel (SciencesPo CERI, FASOPO)
The presentation will be introduced and discussed by:
- Louis-Jacques Vaillant (Economist, Executive Director of External Relations and Partnerships, AFD)
- Jean-Bernard Véron (Economist, Editor of the review Afrique Contemporaine)
To be followed by a debate with the public.
The “Ideas for Development” cycle of conferences
From 29 May to 13 June, AFD will be organizing an “Ideas for Development” cycle of five interdisciplinary conferences on a range of topic areas. These events will provide a framework for discussions on development issues with numerous experts with a professional or personal interest in this field. They are intended as a new forum for debates and meetings between researchers, students, professionals from a wide range of fields, and the general public.