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Title Ethnic diversity and economic instability in Africa : interdisciplinary perspectives / Hiroyuki Hino [and others]
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Contents Introduction: Findings of development economics and their limitations / Gustav Ranis -- Part I, Demystifying ethnicity -- Ethnic patriotism and markets in African history / John Lonsdale -- The concept of ethnicity: strengths and limitations for quantitative analysis / Graham Brown and Arnim Langer -- Essence of ethnicity: an African perspective / Bethwell Allan Ogot -- Part II, Does ethnic diversity hinder economic development? -- State, ethnicity and economy in Africa / Yash Pal Ghai -- Ethnic politics, economic reform and democratisation in Africa / Bruce J. Berman -- Evidence from spatial correlation of poverty and income in Kenya / Nobuaki Hamaguchi -- Part III, Relationships between ethnicity and stability -- Belonging, exclusion and ethnic competition / Parker Shipton -- Horizontal inequalities and market instability in Africa / Graham Brown and Frances Stewart -- Impact of ethnicities on market outcome: results of market experiments in Kenya / Ken-Ichi Shimomura and Takehiko Yamato -- Conclusion: Key findings of our interdisciplinary dialogue / Hiroyuki Hino
Summary There is growing consensus in the development economics literature that ethnic diversity is a very significant factor in explaining Africa's poor economic performance. Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa challenges this conventional wisdom. Drawing on the insights of historians, anthropologists and political scientists as well as development economists, this book questions whether ethnicity is the most useful organising principle by which to examine the economic development of Africa, arguing that it is a more fluid and contingent concept than economic models allow. Instead, the authors explore the actual experience of ethnicity in Africa and propose new methods of measuring ethnic diversity and inequalities. Finally some tentative conclusions are reached regarding appropriate policy reforms
Notes "This book is a product of a research project entitled 'Ethnic diversity and economic instability in Africa: policies for harmonious development', which was organised and funded jointly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI) and Kobe University Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration (RIEB)."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cultural pluralism -- Economic aspects -- Africa.
Africa -- Economic conditions -- 1960-
Africa -- Ethnic relations -- Economic aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Hino, Hiroyuki, 1945-
ISBN 1139198998 (electronic bk.)
1139526480 (electronic bk.)
9781139198998 (electronic bk.)
9781139526487 (electronic bk.)