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Tanzania: A Political Economy
Tanzania: A Political Economy
By Andres Coulson
Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press, 1982, 394 pp

A former official of the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture and professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam captures the essence of Tanzania's ecopolitical dilemma in his exceptionally full and balanced account of the country's development since colonial days. His conclusion, though suggestive, is more problematic (and the Kenyan case may prove him wrong). In his view Tanzania's productivity will continue to stagnate until either of two classes-a "national bourgeoisie" seeking a "more ruthless capital accumulation," or peasants and workers producing, experimenting, and innovating for their own good-frees itself to pursue economic gains.