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    Africa and IMF Conditionality The Unevenness of Compliance, 1983-2000

    ISBN-10: 0415979471
    ISBN-13: 9780415979474
    Author(s): Kwame Akonor
    Description: Ghana was one of the first African countries to adopt a comprehensive IMF reform program and the one that has sustained adjustment longest. Yet questions of Ghana's compliance-such as to what extent did it comply, how did it manage compliance, what  More...
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    Publisher: Routledge
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 144
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.792
    Language: English

    Ghana was one of the first African countries to adopt a comprehensive IMF reform program and the one that has sustained adjustment longest. Yet questions of Ghana's compliance-such as to what extent did it comply, how did it manage compliance, what patterns of noncompliance existed, and why?-have not been systematically investigated and remain poorly understood. This book argues that understanding the domestic political environment is key to explaining why compliance, or the lack thereof, occurs. The author maintains that compliance with IMF conditionality in Ghana has had high political costs and thus, noncompliance occurred once the political survival of a regime was at stake. Akonor argues that situations in which Ghana did not comply with IMF conditionality were periods prior to elections and periods of elite conflict/instability, when the governments needed to muster domestic support to stay in power.

    Kwame Akonor is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University (New Jersey, USA), where he teaches International Relations, Comparative Politics and African Political Economy. He directs the University�s Africana Center and is also director of the African Development Institute, a New York based think tank. He is the author of Africa and IMF Conditionality (Routledge, 2006).

    List of Tables
    List of Abbreviations
    Chronology of Key Events in Ghana's Political Economy
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction and Justification for Research
    Ghana's Evolving Political Economy and the Conundrum of IMF Compliance: 1957-1983
    The Political Logic of IMF Compliance and its Initial Distributional Impact on Social Groups
    Compliance with IMF Conditionality and the Politics of Power: 1983-2000
    Conclusion: Lessons on Compliance and Conditionality
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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