Beyond Structural Adjustment: The Institutional Context of African Development

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Nicolas Van de Walle, Nicole Ball, Vijaya Ramachandran
Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 22, 2003 - Business & Economics - 310 pages
The book starts with the premise that Africa's economic renewal will require moving beyond the narrow bounds of structural adjustment reform and promoting the greater effectiveness of the region's public institutions. Economic reform will not be successful unless the central states in the region develop more productive relationships with the other institutions that inevitably condition economic relations and the context in which development takes place. This institutional debate is particularly important because the recent democratization of African public life has resulted in a rapidly evolving institutional landscape, with the emergence of significant new actors. Each of the chapters in this book examines these relationships and attempts to define the appropriate developmental role of the different institutions that can play a prominent role in Africa's economic future.

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About the author (2003)

NICOLAS VAN DE WALLE is a Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University, USA and a Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. He has published widely on African political economy and issues relating to democratization. He is the author of African Economics and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999 (2001), as well as the co-author of three books Democratic Experiments in Africa: Regime Transitions in Comparative Perspectives (1997), Improving Aid to Africa (1996), Of Time and Power: Leadership Duration in the Modern World (1991).

NICOLE BALL is a Professor at the University of Maryland, USA.

VIJAYA RAMACHANDRAN is a professor at Georgetown University, USA.