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Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa's Democracies.

Author: M Anne Pitcher
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: African Studies, 119.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues that the interaction of formal institutions and the quality of democracy explain patterns of private sector development across Africa.
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Pitcher, M. Anne.
Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa's Democracies.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Anne Pitcher
ISBN: 9781139421379 1139421379 9781139014700 1139014706
OCLC Number: 794663462
Description: 1 online resource (330 pages).
Contents: Cover; Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa's Democracies; AFRICAN STUDIES; Title; Copyright; Contents; Tables, Figures, and Maps; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; 1 Understanding Institutional Development in AfricaAn Introduction; Debates About Economic Reform in Africa; Institutions and Credible Commitments; The Politics of Institutional Development; Democratic Demands and Constraints on Reform; Party Politics and Economic Reform; Organization of the Book; 2 From Motivational to Imperative Commitment; Introduction; From Conditionality to Commitment. Theoretical and Conceptual Dilemmas of CommitmentAn Index of Motivationally Credible Commitments; Motivationally Credible Commitments: Institutional Variation and Convergence; From Motivationally Credible Commitments to Commitments that are Credible in the Imperative Sense; Relationship between Motivational Commitment and Sales of SOEs; Relationship between Motivational Commitments and Commitments That are Credible in the Imperative Sense; Conclusion; 3 The Impact of Party Politics and Democratic Quality on Economic Reform; Imperative Credibility in Emerging Democracies. Explaining Divergent Combinations of Rules Versus DiscretionVariation in Democratic Quality; Party Characteristics and Party System Typologies in Africa; Fragmented versus Stable Party Systems; Parties and Economic Transformation; Empirical Illustration of the Argument; Conclusion; 4 Party Fragmentation and Ad Hoc Private Sector Development in a Limited Democracy; Introduction; The Beneficiaries of Privatization in Zambia; The Distributional Consequences of Reform; Explaining Reform Outcomes: Institutional Design, 1991-1996; Explaining Reform Outcomes II: Party Politics and Limited Democracy. Party PoliticsThe Quality of Democracy: Pluralism without Participation; The Impact of Party Politics and Democratic Quality on Reform: 1996-2008; Conclusion; 5 Stable Parties, Limited Democracy, and Partisan Private Sector Development; Privatization in Mozambique; The Distributional Consequences of Reform; Explaining Reform Outcomes I: Institutional Design; Explaining Reform Outcomes II: Party Politics and Limited Democracy; Party Organization; Parties in the Electorate; Parties and Economic Policy; Quality of Democracy; The Effects of Party Politics and Democratic Quality on Reform. Conclusion6 Stable Parties, Liberal Democracy, and Strategic Compromise; Privatization and Restructuring in the New South Africa; Institutional Change after Apartheid; The Characteristics of Investors and Investment; Policy Outcomes and Political Contestation; Contingent Discretion and Institutional Layering; Stable Party Politics and Liberal Democracy; Party Organization; Attracting Votes; The Party in Government; Liberal Democracy in an Era of Restructuring; Institutional Checks and Balances on Economic Policy Choice; Civil Society I: Privatization and Its Critics. Civil Society II --
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