Richard Goode
Richard Goode is an economist with four decades of experience working on the political economy of development in Africa. His research interests include employment, inequality, industrial structure, problem solving for ecologically sustainable economic growth and the exercise of political power within social organisations.

In the hands of a few

African elites: multiple pathways By Anna Trapido ‘‘History is a graveyard of aristocracies,” the Italian sociologist Vilfredo Pareto famously wrote. In fact, Pareto introduced the word “elite” to the social sciences. In the early twentieth century he argued that a minority will always rule without recourse to what he considered to be outdated notions of […]

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Lionesses need historians more than fish need bicycles

Lionesses need historians more than fish need bicycles

The African story abounds with great women whose achievements are often reduced to prurient anecdotes Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. So, says the Igbo proverb, which became a rallying cry for a generation of post-colonial African historians. But what of the lionesses? Are their tales […]

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Africa is the new Asia – now what?

Africa is the new Asia – now what?

African food entrepreneurs need government support to protect the value of their heritage products When it comes to international food fashion, Africa is the new Asia. So, say über-influential, absurdly chic London food design studio Bompas & Parr. Their 2018...

Richard Goode
Richard Goode is an economist with four decades of experience working on the political economy of development in Africa. His research interests include employment, inequality, industrial structure, problem solving for ecologically sustainable economic growth and the exercise of political power within social organisations.

In the hands of a few

African elites: multiple pathways By Anna Trapido ‘‘History is a graveyard of aristocracies,” the Italian sociologist Vilfredo Pareto famously wrote. In fact, Pareto introduced the word “elite” to the social sciences. In the early twentieth century he argued that a...

Africa is the new Asia – now what?

Africa is the new Asia – now what?

African food entrepreneurs need government support to protect the value of their heritage products When it comes to international food fashion, Africa is the new Asia. So, say über-influential, absurdly chic London food design studio Bompas & Parr. Their 2018...