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Title:Recreating Colonialism or Reconstructing the State? Privatisation and Politics in Mozambique
Author:Pitcher, M. AnneISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:Mozambique
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637004
Abstract:The privatization process currently taking place in Mozambique raises important questions about State/capital relations. To explore the new relationship being forced between State and capital, this article looks at the different operations of two joint venture cotton companies in the north of the country, the Empresa Estatal de Algodão in Nampula and the Empresa Estatal de Algodão in Cabo Delgado. It assesses the impact of capital formation on the State's regulatory powers, policymaking capacity, and legitimacy, and how local communities have reacted to the changes brought by private investment in cotton production. The article argues that privatization constrains the government's capacity to shape the economy, but offers opportunities for it to seek legitimacy at the national and local level. Moreover, the diverse investment and production strategies pursued by the two private cotton companies suggest that capitalism will have a varied and uneven impact in the country, depending on the capabilities and objectives of national and foreign investors. Local responses by producers and traditional authorities coupled with the exercise of regulatory powers by the national government will also shape the future development of capitalism in Mozambique. Notes, ref., sum.