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 complete and built-in research of Ghanaian politics, economic climate and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and clients with which the rustic has to contend. The chapters significantly research: the functionality and customers of democratic associations and procedures; responses to, and impression of, fiscal 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 undergo at the matters tested.

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First, the effective monopoly of the legitimate use of force by the state created a protected arena of non-violent interaction and safe movement in which the market could develop; and second, the state’s constantly expanding surveillance of society and reflexive monitoring of its own actions created a base of social knowledge and expertise essential for the planning and implementation of large-scale and long-term economic enterprises (Giddens, 1985). 28   ‒   The nation-state, like the national market, is an abstract and depersonalized institution involving interaction among anonymous citizens and requiring significant social trust not only in the probity and competence of politicians and public officials who can rarely be personally known, but also in the fairness and efficacy of the institutions of the state itself.

The social forces behind the development of capitalism and the nationstate have been similar in each case, and markets have only flourished within supporting social and political institutions and social networks representing particular cultural values, social norms and informal social relations. At the same time, modern industrial societies have developed within specific pre-existing historical and cultural contexts and have been subject to the contingent outcomes of change and conflict that have rendered each state and market in some important sense unique (McEwan, 1999; Corrigan and Sayre, 1986).

That is a scenario that does not hold any good prospects for the long-term economic health of the country. The underlying theme in Takyi and Addai’s chapter is the need for policymakers to better understand the link between development and the population question. The chapters in the first two sections implicitly or explicitly acknowledge the continuing and essential role of the state in the development process and challenge the neo-liberal premise that minimal state and 10  market reforms are sufficient to bring about development, particularly in social and political terms.

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