Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This paper takes a critical look at the Francafrique, the relationship between France and its former colonies. Using a dependency theory approach, it will explain why the Francafrique as it stands today is not a partnership between equals but rather an unbalanced agreement that mostly benefits France, multinational corporations, and the ruling elites of the countries it operates in. This paper will show how dependency theory helps explain the way Francafriquefunctions and how it impacts the economic growth of France’s former colonies, in order to prove that as it stands, the relationship between France and Côte d’Ivoire is detrimental to the economic autonomy and development of Côte d’Ivoire. This will be done within the historical, political and economic contexts of the relationship between France and Cote d’Ivoire over the course of three French and Ivorian presidencies (1995-2017).

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