Structural Adjustment and Socio-economic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Conceptual, Methodological and Research Issues

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Nordic Africa Institute, 1996 - Social Science - 101 pages
This report summarises the results of work at the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet/Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) on the impact of structural adjustment implementation on the economies, states and societies of sub-Saharan Africa. It consists of two essays and an appendix listing research projects which have been/are being carried out under the auspices of NAI. The first essay raises a series of conceptual and methodological questions in the context of a presentation of some of the main empirical results obtained from extended field work carried out during the course of 1992 and 1993 in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The second essay presents the three main themes - private trading networks and structures, the changing political economy of land, and popular forms of social provisioning - that constitute the core of the second phase of NAI's structural adjustment research and, in so doing, provides a review of aspects of the adjustment literature.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
5
Reflecting on the coherence of adjustments empirical
22
Structural trends associated with liberalised
36
Adebayo O Olukoshi
49
Exploring some new issues in structural adjustment
77
References
91
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