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The hidden legacy of Samir Amin: delinking’s ecological foundation

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This paper considers the relationship between Samir Amin’s programme for delinking, smallholder agriculture, his theories of ecology, and the current of ecological dependency that developed out of North African dependency analysis. It argues that ecological forms of agriculture in fact underpinned the original case from which Amin derived delinking–the developmental model of Amin’s China. It goes on to show how collaborators and fellow travellers of Amin like Mohamed Dowidar, Fawzy Mansour and Slaheddine el-Amami advanced the case for smallholder-centred national development, and connects their investigations to Amin’s theoretical framework.




Ajl, M. (2021). The hidden legacy of Samir Amin: delinking’s ecological foundation. Review of African Political Economy, 48(167), 82–101.

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