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 accomplished and built-in research of Ghanaian politics, financial system and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and customers with which the rustic has to contend. The chapters significantly learn: the functionality and customers of democratic associations and strategies; responses to, and impression of, financial regulations 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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14  to control the chiefs, but they have not acted to either restore their pre-colonial powers or eliminate them. During the colonial period, and up to 1979, central governments freely intervened to settle disputes over chiefly succession. Such direct intervention was prohibited by the Constitution of the Third Republic and then briefly restored by Rawlings’ PNDC regime in 1985. Since then, however, relations between the state and chiefly institutions have grown closer. The National House of Chiefs was recognized in the 1992 Constitution of the Fourth Republic, and by 1996 President Rawlings wanted to remove constitutional provisions preventing chiefs from sitting in parliament or serving in the cabinet.

Trust is always partially an act of faith, a pragmatic judgement that the systems will behave as they are supposed to, and must always be understood in relation to some calculation of risk (Silver, 1985: 53–57). 4 Trust was thus a way to deal with the freedom of others, to predict the behaviour of other free agents in a way that facilitated strategic choice and rational agency (Dunn, 1988: 73–75). In the market place and in the sphere of production this made possible the counterfactual future orientation of capitalist modernity and the intricate patterns of cooperation on which modern industry is based.

17% in the grim year of 1983 (ISSER, 1997: 112). Foreign aid and investment virtually disappeared during the same period and for more than a decade, 1973–85, not a single new machine tool was imported into the country (Powell, 1995: 48–49). Throughout the post-independence period the development effort was further hampered by pervasive patronage and corruption both in the state and private sectors that defied repeated attempts to bring it under control (Ayee, 2000). After a dalliance with a radical political and economic agenda, the PNDC regime by 1983–84 had acceded to the pressures from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to implement neoliberal reforms and an Economic Recovery Program to restructure the economy and the state.

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