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Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana (African Issues) [Kenneth Good] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Is Botswana still. This book wipes the lustre off Africa’s sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor. Cambridge Core – Economics: General Interest – Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana – by Kenneth Good.

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This point is neatly encapsulated by the fact that Good was expelled for his criticisms of Botswana by presidential decree. The introduction provides a general outline of the argument; focusing on the distinction between growth and development, it posits the rise of what the author terms “autocracy under former president Mogae and his vice president Khama” 4.

Moreover, far from suffering from the resources curse, Botswana is a functioning and peaceful state that has an unbroken history of free and fair elections combined with the highest economic growth rates globally for the three decades since its independence in However a duopoly of presidentialism and ruling party preponderance has stimulated arrogance, complacency and corruption among the country’s rulers.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. During his tenure at the University of Botswana, Good earned a reputation as a critical, yet rigorous, scholar and despite his politics being to the left of many of his students, he was widely respected as an academic and teacher.


For Good, the treatment of the Basarwa is acutely symptomatic of a deep ethnic chauvinism that abounds in Botswana and which re-enforces the demonstrably false and dangerous notion of national homogeneity. Chapter 2 suggests that Botswana is formally democratic but substantively autocratic. In other words, the majority party’s MPs have been party to their own disempowerment. Showing of 1 reviews.

Similarly, chapter 3 narrates the political dominance of the BDP since independence and describes how its uninterrupted hegemony has allowed the executive presidency to centralize power and undermine democracy. Yes, the macro economic and political data make for textbook reading, yet scratching beneath the statistical overburden reveals less than alluring facets to the Botswanan political economy.

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A new Ij of Intelligence Services provides closer control of power. Yet the country’s liberal democratic order stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s militaristic dictatorial developmental states. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Kenneth Good is a lone critic who bravely speaks out against the incessant drum beat deocracy press praising Botswana as the epitome of “responsible sourcing” of rough diamonds in Africa. However, Kenneth Good in Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana argues that these traditional interpretations mask the realities of the situation.

Alarmingly too, Good warns of the growing power of the military and intelligence services in Botswana.

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dispossessionn A multi-cultural coalition asserts that the government is implementing ‘a philosophy of cultural genocide on the non-Tswana tribes’. This text is a terrific starting point for serious discussion of what is really going on in Africa. Remember me on this computer. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have dejocracy Kindle? Get to Know Us. The indigenous in fact first peoples population has been highly marginalized, with income disparity more skewed than ever.

He illustrates how diamond production has helped to foster a nation entirely dependent on diamonds for its revenue and Good highlights the ways in which this situation has both created and masked the inequalities in the country.

Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

All presidents come in for a pasting from Good, but Ian Khama, son of founding President Sir Seretse Khama, is regarded with particular suspicion. Yet this book is no polemical exercise. He sees diversification as essential to reduce the dependency on diamonds. In fact, today Botswana is at the center of a major reorganization of the global rough diamond trade.

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Political opposition is ineffectual, and the BDP has been increasingly intolerant of criticism to its governance. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The expulsion of the San from Central Kalahari Game Reserve was relentlessly enforced in and Book titles OR Journal titles.