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An Anatomy of Ghanaian Politics
An Anatomy of Ghanaian Politics
By Naomi Chazan
Westview Press, 1983, 429 pp

This pioneering study by a political scientist from the Hebrew University probes deeply into the manifestations of political and economic deterioration in post-independence Ghana. Chazan makes a particularly original contribution in describing the ebbing of authority from the state, and the growth and revitalization of largely informal local structures. In her emphasis on the vitality of these alternative productive mechanisms and social associations, the author appears to verge on optimism. Her sketch of how local and state structures might be linked, however, employs a barrage of abstractions to mask apparent confusion (a style which is held in check in the more interesting parts of the book).