Politicians and Poachers: The Political Economy of Wildlife Policy in Africa

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Overview

In this book, Clark Gibson challenges the rhetoric of television documentaries and conservation organizations to explore the politics behind the creation and change of wildlife policy in Africa. This book examines what Gibson views as a central puzzle in the debate: Why do African governments create policies that apparently fail to protect wildlife? Moving beyond explanations of bureaucratic inefficiency and corrupt dictatorships, Gibson argues that biologically disastrous policies are retained because they meet the distributive goals of politicians and bureaucrats. Using evidence from Zambia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, Gibson shows how institutions encourage politicians and bureaucrats to construct wildlife policies that further their own interests. This book will appeal to students of institutions, comparative politics, natural resource policy making, African politics, and wildlife conservation.
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"This is a thoroughly researched and carefully argued examination of an important, even fascinating, subject: the contemporary crisis of wildlife management in the face of a decades-long poaching onslaught. The book is well presented by Cambridge University Press. It will have great interest ofr readers of the Cambridge series in which it appears. Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions, due to its successful extension of theoretical concerns deriving from the study of the developed world's constitutional and parliamentary systems to the one-party and 'strong man' regimes of postcolonial Africa." International Journal of African Historical Studies

"...[an] innovative study..." Foreign Affairs

"This interesting and insightful book on the political economy of wildlife policy in Africa is an important contribution to the literature not only on African politics but also on the role that institutions play in shaping behaviour and decisions." American Political Science Review

"...This book would provide good background information for anyone interested in the politics,economics,or wildlife policy of Africa during the independence period....appropriate for undergraduate and graduate collections." Della Darby, Journal of Government Information

"For the most part, Gibson's analyses are insightful and convincing. He provides fine detail on how patronage-seeking politicians of the one-party state system combined with a declining economic situation to generate a wide spread shadow market in wildlife products." The Professional Geographer

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgments
1 Politics, Institutions, and Animals: Explaining the Content, Continuity, and Change of African Wildlife Policy 1
I The National Politics of Wildlife Policy
2 Unkept Promises and Party Largesse: The Politics of Wildlife in the Independence Period 21
3 The Political Logic of Poaching in One-Party States 49
II The Bureaucratic Politics of Wildlife Policy
4 The Conservationists Strike Back: "Community-Based" Wildlife Policy and the Politics of Structural Choice, 1983-1991 83
III The Local Politics of Wildlife Policy
5 The Consequences of Institutional Design: The Impact of "Community-Based" Wildlife Management Programs at the Local Level 119
6 Conclusion: Exploring the Political Economy of African Wildlife Policy 153
Notes 165
Bibliography 217
Index 239
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