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Title:Internal Capacity and Overload in Guinea and Niger
Author:Graybeal, Lynn
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic terms:Niger
Subjects:economic policy
public sector
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Abstract:This article examines the evolving political system within the framework of decolonization and institutional development in West Africa, notably in Guinea and Niger. The major purpose is to raise questions about the extent to which the structural adjustment reforms of the IMF focus on dismantling existing governmental structures, rather than strengthening the capacity of appropriate public sector institutions in Africa. The argument is fivefold. First, public sector reforms have too often been cut from a common cloth that ignores historical differences. Secondly, the evidence indicates that regimes continue to manipulate their inherited bureaucracy whatever the changes they have been pressed to implement. Thirdly, the strategy of the IMF seems designed to create the 'status quo ante', namely, the type of public/private sector relationships that existed before economic distortions occurred. Fourthly, it seems clear that in some cases the national leaders may not be able to weather the storms aroused by the remedial structural adjustments that are being imposed on their regimes. Finally, it needs to be more widely recognized that although most policy reforms aim to reduce the State's sphere of responsibilities, the bureaucratic apparatus actually needs to be strengthened in a number of areas. Notes, ref.