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1st Edition

The Politics of Economic Reform in Ghana

Edited By

Richard Aidoo

ISBN 9780367786366
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the significant economic transformation of Ghana over the three decades since the end of the Cold War, focusing on the role of political-economic change and reform.

The Politics of Economic Reform in Ghana presents a range of perspectives from scholars drawn from both academia and policy-making on the way Ghanaian economic reforms have been shaped by various political and economic actors. First, it establishes and debates the uniqueness of Ghana as a case study in Africa, and the developing world. Second, the book offers a broad account of how global and domestic political or institutional actors have contributed to shaping economic development in Ghana. Drawing on theoretical perspectives, the volume assesses how major political-economic changes have affected Ghana’s economic development.

This book will be of interest to students, scholars, policymakers, and organizations interested in the economic and political advancement of Africa, as well as African Politics and Economics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  

Part 1: Conceptual Consideration 

2. Politicizing Economic Reform in Africa: Ghana’s Political-Economic Framework  

Part 2: A World of Reforms: Diverse Global Perspectives 

3. Is there a Consensus from Ottawa? Canada’s Role in Ghana’s Economic Reforms 

4. EU as a Democratic and Development Partner in Ghana: Credibility, Coherence and Consistency in Reforms 

5.Ghana-Asian Partnerships: The Scramble for Markets, Power, and Agency 

Part 3: Lessons from Ghana: Reflections on Resource Management and Reform Experiences 

6. Oil and Social Responsibility in Ghana 

7. Locating Ghanaian Agency in Economic Engagement in the 21st Century: The Role of Chinese Transnational Oil Corporations in Ghana. 

8. Political Economy of Galamsey and Anti-Chinese Populism in Ghana 

9.The Search for Economic Self-Determination: Senegal and Ghana’s Destiny 

10. The "New Gambia" and Ghana Collaboration: Potential Lessons from Accra 

11. Making Democracy and Development Work in Kenya: Lessons from Ghana 

12. Conclusion 


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Richard Aidoo is Associate Professor of Politics at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, USA, where he also serves as Assistant Dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, his work on the Sub-Saharan African political economy and Africa–Asia relations has appeared in several media outlets including CNN, Real Clear World, The Diplomat, The Washington Post, The National Interest, Yahoo News, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also the co-author of Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa.