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Policy Choice And Development Performance In Botswana
Policy Choice And Development Performance In Botswana
By Charles Harvey and Stephen R. Lewis, Jr.
Macmillan, 1990, 341 pp

Two respected development economists who have served as advisers to the government of Botswana review the diverse range of development policies that account for the country's relative economic success since independence. Although Botswana has reaped the windfall gain of major mineral discoveries, many other factors have also contributed to rapid growth, including good economic management by the government, skill in negotiating mineral and trade contracts, absence of prestige spending, and political stability due in part to a functioning democratic system. This book is a lucid and authoritative analysis that does not duck the criticisms sometimes leveled at the undesirable side effects of Botswana's growth, particularly widening income disparities.