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Ghana: The Political Economy Of Recovery
Ghana: The Political Economy Of Recovery
Edited by Donald Rothchild
Lynne Rienner, 1991, 284 pp

Asking citizens to make economic sacrifices today for the sake of economic health tomorrow is not a formula for political success in Africa any more than anywhere else. The authors assembled in this excellent collection express cautious optimism about Ghana's economic progress under the regimen of a structural-adjustment program orchestrated by the World Bank and the IMF; they see no signs, however, that Ghana's reformed economic order could survive politically were the country to move toward greater democracy in place of the present authoritarian regime of Jerry Rawlings. While macroeconomic indicators are positive, urban as well as many rural Ghanaians have experienced increasing hardship and social differentiation since the launching of the reform program in the early 1980s.