The Politics of Government-Business Relations in Ghana, 1982-2008

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Since the early 1980s, the World Bank, backed by aid donor countries, has been involved in a determined effort to stimulate capitalist growth in Africa by prescribing a set of orthodox, neoliberal economic policies. Even in the relative success stories, such as in Ghana, there has been a notable failure to achieve the East Asian-style economic takeoff that some World Bank officials still optimistically envisioned in the early 1990s. Using Ghana as a case study, this book considers why this is the case, and what the implications are for the adequacy of orthodox, neoliberal policies.

Author Biography

Darko Kwabena Opoku is Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies at Oberlin College. He has published in Africa Today, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. His research interests include African political economy, state-capital relations in Africa, and the political economy of development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Map of Ghanap. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Ghanaian Entrepreneurs and Ghanaian Governmentsp. 15
The First Eighteen Months of PNDC Rulep. 25
The Achievements and Limitations of Economic Reformp. 45
Strains in Government-Business Relations, 1983-1991p. 75
Government-Business Relations in the Democratic Erap. 101
The Changing Face of Ghanaian Business: The Rise of P/NDC Stalwartsp. 141
NDC-Business Relations: The Case of Brong-Ahafop. 161
Constraints of the Institutional Environment on Capitalist Expansionp. 189
The Theoretical Implications of Ghana's Experiencep. 213
Conclusionp. 227
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 253
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