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Title: China and Madagascar : engagement, perceptions, and developmental effects
Author: Schiller, Cornelia
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Adopting a theoretical framework grounded in politics of development, this thesis addresses the linkages between China's engagements in Africa and local processes of development, utilising Madagascar - an under-researched country marked by repetitive political crises and a multidimensional history of Chinese involvement - as a case study. My original contribution to knowledge is a study of contemporary China - Madagascar relations. Due to a lack of existing research on the subject, this thesis explores the entirety of China's presence in Madagascar, including its historical, political, economic, and social dimensions. This dissertation is structured into two parts and comprises seven chapters. Part one clarifies the theoretical and contextual framework and is composed of chapters two and three. Chapter two provides a historical overview of Madagascar's economic, social, and political development trajectory since independence in 1960, and chapter three highlights the importance of politics to development by discussing to what extent the Malagasy government under President Marc Ravalomanana from 2002 until 2008 could be considered developmental. Part two deconstructs China's engagements in Madagascar. Chapter four discusses relations at the state level, chapter five explores Chinese migration to Madagascar, and chapter six analyses the negative impacts that arise from China's increasing engagements on the island. Chapter seven summarises the key findings, discusses their implications, and draws out their relevance for the study of China's engagements in developing countries more generally. I seek to show that since development impacts of China's engagements in Madagascar are incredibly varied, they ultimately depend on underlying structural and political issues that are endemic to Madagascar. I found that levels of local SinoMalagasy interactions significantly help determine how China's engagements impact development processes, and that the role of the Malagasy state is crucial in managing the engagements and mitigating the negative impacts that do arise from them. This suggests that the development impacts of China in Africa depend to a large extent on how these are managed and regulated by African host governments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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