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Title:'Ditiro tsa ditlhabololo': Botswana as a Developmental State
Author:Taylor, Ian
Year:2003
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:17
Issue:1
Pages:37-50
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:economic development
business promotion
business financing
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Economics, Commerce
diamonds
Development policy
Link:http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/PULA/pula017001/pula017001004.pdf
Abstract:Botswana has defied the thrust of prevailing development orthodoxy, which claims that African States cannot enhance industrial development through an interventionist strategy. In Botswana, the developmental State is based on a foundation of capitalism in which the government, through a wide variety of incentives, actively promotes private investments by national and multinational corporations, while creating profit-based public enterprises and investing directly in private firms. All this has been facilitated by an efficient and well-trained bureaucracy that has resisted the descent into corruption. Despite the criticism on inequality within the country - the primary beneficiaries of government policy in the areas of economic and rural development have been the organizational elites, bureaucratic, professional and political, who dominate the system -, it is still true to say that State intervention can play a vital role in creating the conditions for sustained trade growth and in ensuring that trade expansion translates into poverty reduction. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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