Commonomics: rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy

Jerry Kolo, Nnamdi O. Madichie*, Chris H. Mbah

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Abstract

This exploratory study addresses the question of a feasible complementary economic model for the teeming population in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that lives at the subsistence level. The study rationalized the contention that SSA is in a development straitjacket and its much-touted economic rise is more rhetoric than reality. Postmodern Keynesian economics has failed in most of SSA; therefore, an economic paradigm shift is advocated toward “commonomics.” The study draws upon documentary evidence to posit that SSA’s rise is trumpeted by international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and SSA governments for various “self-serving” reasons adduced in the study. Despite this purported rise, in 2018, 17 of the world’s 20 least competitive economies are in SSA; the middle class is rapidly disappearing; corruption has become a means of livelihood across all socioeconomic classes; and the youth are fleeing their countries, as exemplified by the treacherous transatlantic crossings into Europe. In SSA’s quandary, Africans who are nostalgic about the “good old days” opine that, until the postcolonial era, SSA’s resource base enabled people to meet their basic needs cost-effectively and sustainably and that the consumerism and greed that typify the postmodern era of Keynesian economics were nonissues in traditional SSA contexts. In these societies, commonomics, the term used for the model prescribed in this study, was the economic ideology and model. Commonomics aims to meet people’s basic needs through collaborative grassroots initiatives, where the inputs and outputs of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services are initiated, governed, managed, and sustained by grassroots citizens. Guidelines for implementing commonomics are outlined in the study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubsistence entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationthe interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals
EditorsVanessa Ratten, Paul Jones, Vitor Braga, Carla Susana Marques
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages17-32
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030115425
ISBN (Print)9783030115418
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

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basic need
economics
subsistence level
International Organizations
economic model
corruption
non-governmental organization
livelihood
middle class
ideology
paradigm
citizen
economy
costs
society
resources
evidence

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Kolo, J., Madichie, N. O., & Mbah, C. H. (2019). Commonomics: rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy. In V. Ratten, P. Jones, V. Braga, & C. S. Marques (Eds.), Subsistence entrepreneurship: the interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals (pp. 17-32). (Contributions to Management Science). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11542-5_3
Kolo, Jerry ; Madichie, Nnamdi O. ; Mbah, Chris H. / Commonomics : rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy. Subsistence entrepreneurship: the interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals. editor / Vanessa Ratten ; Paul Jones ; Vitor Braga ; Carla Susana Marques. Cham : Springer, 2019. pp. 17-32 (Contributions to Management Science).
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Kolo, J, Madichie, NO & Mbah, CH 2019, Commonomics: rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy. in V Ratten, P Jones, V Braga & CS Marques (eds), Subsistence entrepreneurship: the interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals. Contributions to Management Science, Springer, Cham, pp. 17-32. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11542-5_3

Commonomics : rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy. / Kolo, Jerry; Madichie, Nnamdi O.; Mbah, Chris H.

Subsistence entrepreneurship: the interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals. ed. / Vanessa Ratten; Paul Jones; Vitor Braga; Carla Susana Marques. Cham : Springer, 2019. p. 17-32 (Contributions to Management Science).

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Kolo J, Madichie NO, Mbah CH. Commonomics: rhetoric and reality of the African growth tragedy. In Ratten V, Jones P, Braga V, Marques CS, editors, Subsistence entrepreneurship: the interplay of collaborative innovation, sustainability and social goals. Cham: Springer. 2019. p. 17-32. (Contributions to Management Science). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11542-5_3