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Merchant capital and the roots of state power in Senegal, 1930-1985

Boone, Catherine (2006) Merchant capital and the roots of state power in Senegal, 1930-1985. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521030397

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Abstract

In most post-colonial regimes in sub-Saharan Africa, state power has been used to structure economic production in ways that have tended to produce economic stagnation rather than growth. In this book, Catherine Boone examines the ways in which the exercise of state power has inhibited economic growth, focusing on the case of Senegal. She traces changes in the political economy of Senegal from the heyday of colonial merchant capital in the 1930s to the decay of the neo-colonial merchant capital in the 1980s and reveals that old trading monopolies, commercial hierarchies and patterns of wealth accumulation were preserved at the cost of reforms that would have stimulated economic growth. Boone uses this case to develop an argument against analyses of political-economic development that identify state institutions and ideologies as independent forces driving the process of economic transformation. State power, she argues, is rooted in the material and social bases of ruling alliances.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 13:25
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 13:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53396

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