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By Nicolas Van de Walle

This booklet explains why African international locations have remained mired in a disastrous fiscal difficulty because the past due Nineteen Seventies. It exhibits that dynamics inner to African nation constructions mostly clarify this failure to beat fiscal problems instead of exterior pressures on those similar constructions as is frequently argued. faraway from being avoided from venture reforms via societal curiosity and strain teams, clientelism in the country elite, ideological components and coffee kingdom ability have led to a few constrained reform, yet a lot prevarication and manipulation of the reform method, through governments that don't relatively think that reform may be potent.

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5. Quoted in Aili Mari Tripp, Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), pp. 79-80. The sincerity of these fears may be questioned, but they had the intended effect with the donors. Note that when an agreement was finally reached in 1986 there were no such riots. 6. See, for example, John Walton and David Seddon, Free Markets and Food Riots: The Politics of Global Adjustment (London: Blackwell, 1994).

L ? In these models, economic power translates automatically into political power and organization is irrelevant. Neither the internal organization of groups nor the nature of institutional links to the state 4. A recent paper that makes a similar point in a very different setting is Steven Vogel, "When Interests Are Not Preferences: The Cautionary Tale of Japanese Consumers," Comparative Politics 3I (1999): 187-207. I 5. ), Beyond Urban Bias (London: Frank Cass, 1993). I6. Cited as an unpublished paper in Dani Rodrik, "Understanding Economic Policy Reform," Journal of Economic Literature 34 (I996): 9-42; cited on p.

2 (1987): 174-202. 27. See Jeffrey Herbst and Adebayo Olukoshi, "Nigeria: Economic and Political Reforms at Cross Purposes," in Stephan Haggard and Steven B. ), Voting for Reform: Economic Adjustment in New Democracies (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), pp. 453-502, especially pp. ), The Politics of Structural Adjustment in Nigeria (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1993); and Peter Lewis, "Economic Statism, Private Capital and the Dilemmas of Accumulation in Nigeria," World Development 22 (1994): 437-51.

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