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Title:Economics and Politics in the Gambia
Author:Sallah, Tijan M.
Year:1990
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:28
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:621-648
Language:English
Geographic term:Gambia
Subjects:politics
economic conditions
confederations
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160924
Abstract:This survey of the economy and politics of The Gambia deals with the birth of a mini-State in 1970, the Gambian economy, the economic recovery programme introduced in mid-1985, the attempted coup of July 1981 and its causes, the Senegalese intervention and the consequences of the coup, the Senegambian Confederation (1981-1989), the current malaise and future prospects. The author argues that the maintenance of a relatively democratic environment has been the outstanding achievement of the current régime, which has held the reins of power since independence. However, the developments in the various sectors of the country's economy point to the conclusion that there has been scanty progress, and that, apart from speculations about oil prospects, there is little hope for the future. The country's problems include poor agricultural performance and political maladministration, as well as unemployment and its attendant social miseries. It looks as if The Gambia's future hope is in regional integration with the other fragmentary economies of West Africa. Notes, ref.
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