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Botswana - A Modern Economic History : An African Diamond in the Rough - Ellen Hillbom

Botswana - A Modern Economic History

An African Diamond in the Rough

Hardcover Published: 22nd March 2018
ISBN: 9783319731438
Number Of Pages: 235

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Together with Mauritius, Botswana is often categorized as one of two growth miracles in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to its spectacular long-run economic performance and impressive social development, it has been termed both an economic success story and a developmental state. While there is uniqueness in the Botswana experience, several aspects of the country's opportunities and challenges are of a more general nature. Throughout its history, Botswana has been both blessed and hindered by its natural resource abundance and dependency, which have influenced growth periods, opportunities for economic diversification, strategies for sustainable economic and social development, and the distribution of incomes and opportunities.

Through a political economy framework, Hillbom and Bolt provide an updated understanding of an African success story, covering the period from the mid-19th century, when the Tswana groups settled, to the present day. Understanding the interaction over time between geography and factor endowments on the one hand, and the development of economic and political institutions on the other, offers principle lessons from Botswana's experience to other natural resource rich developing countries. 

Part I.- Chapter 1: An African Diamond in the Rough.- Chapter 2: Pre-colonial economy and society, c. 1850-1930.- Part II.- Chapter 3: Colonial policies and the cattle economy, c. 1930-1975.- Part III.- Chapter 4: Growth, incomes and development, c. 1940-present.- Chapter 5: Trapped by diamonds, c. 1975-present.- Chapter 6: Inequality of incomes and employment, c. 1920-present.- Part IV.- Chapter 7: Conclusion.

ISBN: 9783319731438
ISBN-10: 3319731432
Series: Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 22nd March 2018
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45