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The State, Development and the Role of Local Economic Systems in Southern Africa

Laudemiro Francisco

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308 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.The role of local economic systems has not been systemically analyzed by proponents of new approaches to state-building and development in sub-Saharan Africa. The study of the development process in Africa has conventionally emphasized the overbearing influence of dysfunctional domestic elites and external factors. In the attempt to assert its authority, modern structures are imposed over local systems, marring their role as sources of social and economic reproduction at the local level. This failure to recognize the local economic systems as institutions that can and should play a crucial role in the process of political and economic development in Africa provides a basis for the high cost of implementing the development agenda in most African states. Using evidence from Mozambique and Botswana, this work discusses why the state in Africa needs to interact with these local institutions as active partners and how this relationship can contribute to meaningful development and reduce the likelihood of societal and political conflict by boosting the perceived legitimacy of the state and the development process. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783639021516

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Publisher: VDM Verlag

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The role of local economic systems has not been systemically analyzed by proponents of new approaches to state-building and development in sub-Saharan Africa. The study of the development process in Africa has conventionally emphasized the overbearing influence of dysfunctional domestic elites and external factors. In the attempt to assert its authority, modern structures are imposed over local systems, marring their role as sources of social and economic reproduction at the local level. This failure to recognize the local economic systems as institutions that can and should play a crucial role in the process of political and economic development in Africa provides a basis for the high cost of implementing the development agenda in most African states. Using evidence from Mozambique and Botswana, this work discusses why the state in Africa needs to interact with these local institutions as active partners and how this relationship can contribute to meaningful development and reduce the likelihood of societal and political conflict by boosting the perceived legitimacy of the state and the development process.

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Dr. Francisco is faculty at The Higher Institute for International Relations (ISRI) in Maputo where he has taught Peace and Conflict Studies and International Economic Relations. He also teaches Political Economy of International Development at the Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.

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