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Cooperatives and Development: Agricultural Politics in Ghana and Uganda
Cooperatives and Development: Agricultural Politics in Ghana and Uganda
By Crawford Young, Neal P. Sherman and Tim H. Rose
University of Wisconsin Press, 1981, 276 pp.

This careful study, based on extensive field work in the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, does not attempt to gauge the economic consequences of cooperatives in any detail, but instead scrutinizes their interactions with the governments in each country. These two variants seem to have been both instruments for government control and launching pads for rural capitalism (rather than the egalitarianism often associated with the cooperative idea).