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Adjusting Society

World Bank, the IMF and Ghana. International Library of African Studies v. 5

By (author) Karen Legge, L. Brydon
Format: Hardback
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Published: 15th May 1996
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm d 22mm
Weight: 421g
ISBN-10: 1860640001
ISBN-13: 9781860640001
Barcode No: 9781860640001
Synopsis
Since 1983 Ghana has become a test case of the efficacy of the World Bank and the IMF's stabilization and adjustment-based lending policies. The government has "bitten the IMF bullet" with a vengeance, with deregulated currency, liberalized trade, slimmed down state-owned enterprises and strengthened bureaucracies as prescribed by the lending institutions. In terms of compliance, Ghana has been a model patient. The outcomes of the policies are, however, only beginning to be documented. This study looks at the lives of Ghanaian men and women after almost ten years of adjustment and reveals adjustment and its concomitant effects as part of a continuous and ongoing process within the contemporary history and development of Ghana. District, regional and national perspectives are also woven into the picture, giving both wider macro- and more qualitative emphases.

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