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Title:African Power in International Resource Organizations
Author:Bissell, Richard E.
Year:1979
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:17
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:1-13
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:African organizations
commodities
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159892
Abstract:Africa is essentially at the bottom of the present international economic system, and given the inability of the global community to negotiate a new order, the remaining avenue for change may be 'from the bottom up'. Are the African governments (not included are those of Rhodesia, South Africa, Namibia and the Arab-ruled states of North Africa) able to find an opportunity for increased control in resource organisations or are they faced with a de facto situation in which their primary products are simply not amenable to the type of political control exerted by the Organisation of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC)? The explanations for the present situation may identify opportunities where pressure for change can be most profitably pursued. Indicated are some of the characteristics of certain commodity markets, to generate more logical political action. Resource arrangements examined: OPEC, CIPEC (copper), ITC (tin), AIOEC (iron ore), IBA (bauxite). Notes, tab.
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