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Journal Article

IDS Bulletin 47.2A

Alternatives in the Restructuring of State-Society Relations: Research Issues for Tropical Africa

Published on 8 December 2016

This article considers the possible long‐run implications of the liberalisation programme currently under way throughout Tropical Africa.

A strengthening of private‐sector institutions and a corresponding shift in the relationship between the state and civil society is clearly on the agenda, but – the paper argues – it would not be fruitful for research to remain focused on the public‐private or state‐society balances as such.

The more challenging and important questions have to do with (i) the substantially different kinds of private‐sector and civil society development which might result from the current policies, and (ii) the implications of any strengthening of civil societies for the emergence of more autonomous and effective states.

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IDS Bulletin 47.2A

Authors

David Booth

Publication details

journal
IDS Bulletin 47.2A, volume 47, issue 2A
doi
http://dx.doi.org/10.19088/1968-2016.178
language
English

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