Critical Perspectives in Politics and Socio-Economic by Wisdom J Tettey, Korbla P Puplampu, Joshua Berman

By Wisdom J Tettey, Korbla P Puplampu, Joshua Berman

This quantity presents a entire and built-in research of Ghanaian politics, economic system and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and customers with which the rustic has to contend. The chapters severely study: the functionality and clients of democratic associations and methods; responses to, and impression of, fiscal guidelines and programmes; and the way tradition intersects with the previous advancements to form socio-economic and political associations and practices. Divided into 4 thematic sections, this assortment combines wealthy, empirical fabric with theoretical analyses and brings interdisciplinary views to endure at the concerns tested.

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It expresses a “reflective politics of self-control and self-limitation” focused on all participants playing by the rules of civil institutions valued in themselves above the outcomes of specific political struggles (Dunn, 1988: 88–89; Misztal, 1995: 7). Such abstract ‘civic’ trust is never permanently established, however, but exists in continuous tension with personal ties and forms of trust that continue to exist in all modern nation-states. The particularistic ties of individuals and factions in politics defined by ties of family, ethnicity, religion or region undermine abstract trust and the state apparatus.

Instead, the interaction of indigenous social forces with the intrusive European political and economic forces produced a chaotic jumble of institutions and cultural elements of both indigenous societies and Western modernity. The resulting “kaleidoscope of contradictions”,6 so characteristic of the partial transformation/partial preservation of African societies under colonialism, has constantly thwarted the shallow efforts at ‘development’ of the past forty years. The hallmark of colonialism in Ghana is that it introduced change in the political economy of the colony only so far as to ensure an adequate supply of labour for European mining capital and the flow of cash crops from peasant producers.

London: Secker and Warburg, 1938. 12  and ‘tribal discipline’ on which their effective control at the grassroots depended, or the creation of an unstable class of landless peasants. Indigenous elites, too, worried about the threats to their authority and petitioned their British rulers to allow them to choose what they wanted to adopt of Western culture and practices and what they wanted to retain of their own. Neither rulers nor subjects all over colonial Africa, however, exercised as much control over the course of social change as they hoped.

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