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

ISBN-10: 0521008360

ISBN-13: 9780521008365

Edition: 2001

Authors: Nicolas Van De Walle, Randall Calvert, Thrainn Eggertsson

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This title 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, rather than external pressures, largely explain this failure.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

List of Tables
The Structural Adjustment Debate
Outline of the Argument
Approaches to Africa's Permanent Crisis
The Political Economy of Reform
Toward an Alternative Approach to the African Crisis
The Partial Reform Syndrome
Patterns in Reform Implementation, 1979-1999
Reform Implementation: How Much? How Sustainable?
The Evolution of Public Expenditures
Decision Making in Postcolonial Africa
The Exigencies of Neopatrimonialism
State Capacity
The Ideological Context
Concluding Remarks
State Responses to the Permanent Crisis
The Adjustment of Neopatrimonialism
The Viability of Reform
The Consequences of Partial Reform
The Crisis and Foreign Aid
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 Change
Africa's Democratization Wave, 1989-1995
The Economic Impact of Democratization
Comparing Government Performance
The Political Impact of Democratization
Concluding Remarks
A Summary of the Argument
Comparative Implications
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