Critical Perspectives on Politics and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana

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Overview

This volume provides a comprehensive and integrated analysis of Ghanaian politics, economy and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and prospects that the country has to contend with. The chapters critically examine the performance and prospects of democratic institutions and processes; responses to, and impact of, economic policies and programs; and how culture intersects with the preceding developments to shape socio-economic and political institutions and practices. The collection is divided into four thematic sections:
Politics, the State and Democratic Consolidation Economic Crisis and Neo-Liberal Reforms: Responses and Implications Indigenous Institutions and the Shaping of Development Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development It combines rich, recent, empirical material with sophisticated theoretical analyses, and brings unique interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the issues examined.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This refreshing analysis of Ghana's socioeconomic political development offers a critical assessment of ...Ghana's 45-year experience. All the essays are effective and readable intellectual reconfiguration's.'
M.E. Doro, Choice, 2004.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004130135
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Series: African Social Studies Series , #6
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Wisdom J. Tettey, Ph.D., Queen’s University, is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Canada.
Korbla Puplampu, Ph.D., University of Alberta, teaches at Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Canada.
Bruce Berman, Ph.D., Yale University, is Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables, Boxes and Figures
Note on Contributors
Introduction: Ghana and the Experience of 'Development' 1
Sect. 1 Politics, the State and Democratic Consolidation
Ch. 1 Capitalism Incomplete: State, Culture and the Politics of Industrialization 21
Ch. 2 Local Government, Decentralization and State Capacity in Ghana 45
Ch. 3 The Mass Media, Political Expression and Democratic Transition 83
Ch. 4 Ethnicity and the Development of National Consciousness: A Human Factor Analysis 107
Sect. 2 Economic Crisis and Neo-Liberal Reforms: Responses and Implications
Ch. 5 State-NGO Relations and Agricultural Sector Development 135
Ch. 6 The Implications of State Policy for Micro-Enterprise Development 153
Ch. 7 "A Plurality of Resistances" to Economic Reform: The Case of State-Owned Enterprises 177
Ch. 8 Creative Allocation of Space as a Response to Economic Crisis 201
Ch. 9 Demographic Processes, Economic Growth and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana, 1960-2000 223
Sect. 3 Indigenous Institutions and the Shaping of Development
Ch. 10 Chiefs in Their Millennium Sandals: Traditional Authority in Ghana - Relevance, Challenges and Prospects 241
Ch. 11 Land Tenure and Agricultural Development in Ghana: The Intersection of Class, Culture and Gender 273
Ch. 12 Citizenship, Customary Law and Gendered Jurisprudence: A Socio-Legal Perspective 305
Sect. 4 Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development
Ch. 13 Is Culture the Obstacle to Development in Ghana? A Critique of the Culture-Development Thesis as it Applies to Ghana and South Korea 335
Ch. 14 Critical Teaching in an African Context: Local Knowledge and Educational Reforms 365
Ch. 15 Environmentalism and Cultural Change: The Role of the Mass Media 389
References 413
Index 449
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