Economic Change, Governance and Natural Resource Wealth: The Political Economy of Change in Southern Africa

Economic Change, Governance and Natural Resource Wealth: The Political Economy of Change in Southern Africa

by David Reed
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853838772

ISBN-13: 9781853838774

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume analyzes the ways in which natural resource wealth has shaped authoritarian political regimes and statist economic systems in the countries of southern Africa in the post-colonial period. It consists of five essays. The first sets out the historical framework and emergence of natural resources as the crucial driver of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Three…  See more details below

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This volume analyzes the ways in which natural resource wealth has shaped authoritarian political regimes and statist economic systems in the countries of southern Africa in the post-colonial period. It consists of five essays. The first sets out the historical framework and emergence of natural resources as the crucial driver of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Three essays, drawing on in-country research, focus on Tanzania, Zambia and
Zimbabwe. They show how this explains the economic evolution of those countries - in particular, the impacts of economic and institutional changes on the bulk of the population, the rural poor. The final essay explores the nature of the changes and their neoliberal economic context, and the ways in which their harmful consequences might be relieved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853838774
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Political Economy of Natural Resource Wealth11
Natural Resource Wealth12
Economic Foundations of Authoritarianism20
Authoritarian Regimes in Southern Africa23
(Un)Intended Political Impacts of Structural Adjustment26
Natural Resource Wealth: Old Challenges in the New Millennium32
Ch. 2Tanzania41
The Imperatives of Change43
Structural Change and Natural Resource Sectors47
The Economic Impact of the Structural Reforms on Mining and Tourism58
The Promise of Continuing Change61
Ch. 3Zambia69
Constructing the Authoritarian Regime71
The Imperative to Adjust74
Institutional Reforms for Rural Communities79
Dismantling Dualism: To Whose Benefit?90
Ch. 4Zimbabwe97
The Foundations of Conflict99
Economic Reforms106
Towards Resolution or Protracted Conflict?118
Ch. 5Natural Resource Wealth in the Construction of Neoliberal Economies in Southern Africa123
What Groups or Economic Agents Have Gained or Lost Control over Natural Resources in the Context of Economic Reforms?126
Through What Processes, Policies and Relations Have These Groups Acquired or Lost Control over Natural Resources?128
Will Those Changes Promote Sustainable Development Paths by Promoting Environmental Sustainability, Enhancing Social Equity and Increasing Governments' Public Accountability?134
Pursuing Reforms without a National Consensus138
By Way of Recommendations143
Notes and References151
Index161

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