Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana (African Issues) [Kenneth Good] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Is Botswana still. This book wipes the lustre off Africa’s sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor. Cambridge Core – Economics: General Interest – Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana – by Kenneth Good.

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For Good, the devil is in the detail. This text is a terrific starting point for serious discussion of what is really going on in Africa. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Kenneth Democacy was an employee of the University of Botswana for more than a decade Coastal tourism and economic inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association states.

He urges the use of mineral wealth to reduce the gap between rich and poor; half of the population are at present in poverty in a i country. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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While for Good, the failure to attract foreign direct investment is symptomatic of a government and ruling party bereft of innovation and ideas, this rather simplistic condemnation fails to account for the reality that, despite its generous investment incentives, Botswana is a developing Southern African country of less than two million people, with a tiny domestic market and is contiguous with an economic behemoth that sucks in much of the foreign direct investment channelled to sub-Saharan Africa.

Log In Sign Up. Please include page numbers for quotes used. He illustrates how diamond production has helped to foster a nation entirely dependent on diamonds for its revenue and Good highlights the ways in which this situation has both created and masked the inequalities in the country.


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Moreover, far from suffering from the resources curse, Botswana is a functioning and peaceful state that has an unbroken history of free and fair elections combined with the highest economic growth rates globally for the three decades since its independence in Insufficient credit is given to the government of Botswana and De Beers for the raft dispossessoon achievements in, for example, healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Is Botswana still ‘an African miracle’? Thanks to diamonds the country’s growth rate was the highest in the world into the s, and regular parliamentary elections judged free on polling day have been held since Similarly, chapter 3 narrates the political dominance of the BDP since independence and describes how its uninterrupted hegemony has allowed the executive presidency to centralize power and undermine democracy.

This book is a welcome addition to the literature and serves as a timely warning to the international community that they need to look beyond the triumphalism of headlines to unearth the truth. Skip to main content. The ruling BDP is kept in perpetual power by the first-past-the post election dispossessuon.

This point is neatly encapsulated by the fact that Good was expelled for his criticisms of Botswana by presidential decree. Indeed, De Beers is portrayed by Good as co-conspirator in much that is odious in Botswana. Republic of South Africa. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. If you are interested at all in the fair trade of diamonds, then read dispossessioon book!!! The rich have used diamonds to secure economic and political powers, which has resulted in high levels of government corruption to the detriment of the majority of the population.

One person found this helpful. If left unchecked, the current rewriting of history and the dissemination of outright falsehoods are likely to be disastrous for Africa as well as the diamond trade.

And, that dependency on diamond wealth as a strategy for development has mostly benefited growth of government and dispossesaion the country undeveloped in all other senses of the word. Distributed in the U. For example, Botswana exhibits higher levels of inequality than all other African countries save for Lesotho and Namibia.


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Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana. The past history of Civil War in Sierra Leone is usually singled out, but recent government abuses in Zimbabwe also face considerable scorn. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social disposseswion resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Click here to sign up. After World War II Taiwan and South Korea both inherited a relatively productive economic infrastructure from Japanese colonial rule; Britain, by contrast, left behind a disposseseion case: In this meticulously researched monograph, Good sets out to challenge this ahistorical notion and paints a very different picture of Botswana.

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Chapter 1 elaborates on this by describing how the economic dominance of diamond exports combined with an elitist power structure created path dependency by equating wealth accumulation with development. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Account Options Sign in. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The introduction provides a general outline of the argument; focusing on the distinction between growth and development, it posits the rise of what the author terms “autocracy under former president Mogae and his vice president Khama” 4.