Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies by Robert H. Bates, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies / Edition 2

Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies / Edition 2

by Robert H. Bates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244931

ISBN-13: 9780520244931

Pub. Date: 03/04/2005

Publisher: University of California Press


“Interested and well-meaning people in the United States wonder, ‘What’s the matter with Africa?’ Robert Bates’s book manages the difficult task of speaking to the specialist and non-specialist alike. It explains the historical, political, and economic roots of Africa’s challenges. Best of all, it gives context to why easy

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“Interested and well-meaning people in the United States wonder, ‘What’s the matter with Africa?’ Robert Bates’s book manages the difficult task of speaking to the specialist and non-specialist alike. It explains the historical, political, and economic roots of Africa’s challenges. Best of all, it gives context to why easy prescriptions haven’t worked in the past, and some hope for what might work in the future.”—Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

“Ever since its original publication in 1981, this elegant study has been a clarion call for agrarian reform predicated on market incentives. Bates's perspective transcends the lingering ideological nostrums that still impede progress toward the construction of modern economies in Africa. Based largely on his personal empirical research, this lasting work continues to guide the quest for realistic approaches to the problem of poverty in Africa and other agrarian regions of the world.”—Richard L. Sklar, author of African Politics in Postimperial Times

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

"[An] analysis of how public policy has fostered Africa's agricultural decline.... [The] description of how that policy has worked—the interests and mechanisms discriminating against the rural sector—is incomparable."—Foreign Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244931
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2005
Series:
California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2014 Edition, ix
Preface to the 2005 Edition, xi
Acknowledgments, xvii

Introduction, 1

Part I. Government
Interventions in Major Markets
1. Policies Toward Cash Crops for Export, 11
2. The Food Sector: The Political Dynamics of Pricing
Policies, 30
3. The Food Sector: The Use of Nonprice Strategies, 45
4. The Emerging
Industrial Sector, 62

Part II.
Interpretation
5. The Market as Political Arena and the Limits of
Voluntarism, 81
6. Rental Havens and Protective Shelters: Organizing Support
Among the Urban Beneficiaries, 96
7. The Origins of Political Marginalism: Evoking Compliance
From the Countryside, 106
8. Commonalities and Variations: The Politics of Agricultural
Policy, 119
9. Political Reform and Economic Development, 129

Appendix A:
Interrelations Between Food Supply, Demand,
and Prices, 149
Appendix B: Value Received by Farmers for Export Crops, 152
Bibliography, 163

Index, 185

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