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African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999 : Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions - Nicolas Van de Walle

African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999

Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

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Published: 21st January 2002
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This book explains why African countries have remained mired in a disastrous economic crisis since the late 1970s. It shows that dynamics internal to African state structures largely explain this failure to overcome economic difficulties rather than external pressures on these same structures as is often argued. Far from being prevented from undertaking reforms by societal interest and pressure groups, clientelism within the state elite, ideological factors and low state capacity have resulted in some limited reform, but much prevarication and manipulation of the reform process, by governments that do not really believe that reform will be effective.

'This landmark work presents a searching and persuasive political explanation of Africa's failure to achieve development despite two decades of externally imposed economic reform ... A major contribution to our understanding of Africa's political economy.' Foreign Affairs 'This is economics by someone who understands African politics. No Africanists can afford not to read it.' Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 'A well-written book is usually a persuasive book, and this book is well written. Its reasoning is more than persuasive, however: it is compelling in its gloomy conclusions, in which the failure of economic reform seems inescapable. ... Van der Walle's book is probably the best among a spate of literature that explains the African economic predicament in terms of the patrimonial nature of politics.' The Journal of Development Studies 'The book is a must-read for all those interested in understanding the African situation and how progress might be achieved in the future. ... this is an excellent study.' Development in Practice

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Structural Adjustment Debate
Outline of the Argument
Approaches to Africa's Permanent Crisisp. 20
The Political Economy of Reform
Toward an Alternative Approach to the African Crisis
The Partial Reform Syndrome
Patterns in Reform Implementation, 1979-1999p. 64
Reform Implementation: How Much? How Sustainable?
The Evolution of Public Expenditures
Conclusion
Decision Making in Postcolonial Africap. 113
The Exigencies of Neopatrimonialism
State Capacity
The Ideological Context
Concluding Remarks
State Responses to the Permanent Crisisp. 152
The Adjustment of Neopatrimonialism
The Viability of Reform
The Consequences of Partial Reform
The Crisis and Foreign Aidp. 188
The Emergence of the Postcolonial Aid Regime
The Impact of Aid on Decision Making
The Emergence of the Adjustment Regime
The Impact of the Adjustment Regime
Concluding Remarks: The Breakdown of the Adjustment Regime?
Democratization and the Prospects for Changep. 235
Africa's Democratization Wave, 1989-1995
The Economic Impact of Democratization
Comparing Government Performance
The Political Impact of Democratization
Concluding Remarks
Conclusionp. 271
A Summary of the Argument
Comparative Implications
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780521008365
ISBN-10: 0521008360
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 21st January 2002
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42