Politicians and Poachers: The Political Economy of Wildlife Policy in Africa / Edition 1

Politicians and Poachers: The Political Economy of Wildlife Policy in Africa / Edition 1

by Clark C. Gibson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521663784

ISBN-13: 9780521663786

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the politics of wildlife conservation policy in Africa, specifically Zambia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. The book addresses a general question: Why don't wildlife policies seem to be working? Rather than use standard explanations such as "bureaucratic inefficiency" or "corrupt dictators," the book demonstrates how politicians at all levels use

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Overview

This book explores the politics of wildlife conservation policy in Africa, specifically Zambia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. The book addresses a general question: Why don't wildlife policies seem to be working? Rather than use standard explanations such as "bureaucratic inefficiency" or "corrupt dictators," the book demonstrates how politicians at all levels use wildlife policy for their own political ends, which may or may not include conservation. The book uses electoral and archival data, as well as interviews with individuals ranging from presidents to poachers to address this issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521663786
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Politics, institutions, and animals: explaining content, continuity, and change of African wildlife policy; 2. Unkept promises and party largesse: the politics of wildlife in the independence period; 3. The political logic of poaching in one-party states; 4. The conservationists strike back: 'community-based' wildlife policy and the politics of structural choice, 1983–91; 5. The consequences of institutional design: the impact of 'community-based' wildlife management programs at the local level; 6. Conclusion: the political economy of wildlife policy in Africa.

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