Business and the State in Southern Africa

Business and the State in Southern Africa : The Politics of Economic Reform

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Why are productive, development-supporting relations between business and government still so rare in Africa? Scott Taylor addresses this question, examining state-business coalitions as they emerge, and endure or collapse, in three representative countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Taylor illuminates three possible trajectories: an abortive state-business coalition, as in Zambia; the emergence of a short-lived coalition, as in Zimbabwe; and a relatively successful and thus far durable coalition, as in South Africa. Though rooted in the southern African experience, his cases reflect much of the variance in outcomes throughout sub-Saharan Africa and shed light on the prospects for economic reform and development on the continent. It explores why state-business coalitions emerge (or do not) in Africa, and why they endure or collapse, drawing on three representative case studies.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 20mm | 521.64g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 158826498X
  • 9781588264985

Table of contents

Business and the State. Explaining the Origins and Fate of Business-State Coalitions. Business-State Cooperation in Zambia: Rhetoric and Realities. From Partnership to Enmity: Business, the State, and Economic Collapse in Zimbabwe. South Africa: Both Model and Cautionary Tale? Crafting Business-State Coalitions: Lessons For, and From, Southern Africa.
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"This is a fine study, based on original field research and extensive interviews and unpublished material.... Taylor presents both a strong theoretical framework and compelling narratives." - Deborah Brautigam, American University"
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About Scott D. Taylor

Scott D. Taylor is assistant professor of African studies at Georgetown University. He is coauthor of Politics in Southern Africa: State and Society in Transition.
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