First published in 1997, this volume looks at the rationale for, the implementation of, and the economic and social effect of the World Bank Structural Adjustment Policy (SAP) in Ghana from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. It shifts the focus from a primarily economic evaluation of these programmes and includes issues such as their impact on vulnerable groups within the Ghanaian society and on poverty in general. Therefore, it must be asked whether the ‘ordinary Ghanaian’ has gained anything from any wealth creation in Ghana. The book will be useful for both academic and policy purposes.
1. Introduction. Part 1. Historical Development. 2. Self Government to the Second Republic. 3. Accelerated Decline 1972-1983. Part 2. Structural Adjustment and the Example of Ghana. 4. A Theory of Structural Adjustment. 5. Stages in the Management of Ghana’s Economic Reform. 6. Agriculture and Other Sectoral Problems. 7. A General Critique of Adjustment in Ghana, 1983 – 1995. Part 3. Poverty in Ghana: The Case for a New Development Strategy. 8. Poverty in Ghana. 9. Conclusion.
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