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The impact of structural adjustment programmes upon the political economy of Zambia : a critical analysis

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dc.contributor.author Makan A en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:37Z
dc.date.created 1992 en
dc.date.submitted 1994 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25685
dc.description.abstract This study begins with a statistical survey setting out the parameters of Zambia's socio-economic decline in the 1980s. In order to unravel the complex reasons for the crisis, the study develops and employs a historical-structural framework which emphasises the inter-connectedness of historical, political, economic and social processes. Thereafter, an explanation of background for understanding how and why the IMF came to play an increasingly decisive role in the management of the economic crisis in the 1980s. It is argued that patron-client politics in conjunction with a coincidence of interests between local elite and international capital, entrenched the distorted mono-export dependent economy which, in turn, accelerated the economic decline and debt crisis of the 1980s. After an overview of the fund's philosophy and objectives, close attention is paid to the impact of saps on Zambia, especially in terms of how such policies as subsidy withdrawal, de-regulation and devaluation affected the economy, debt-reduction, health and education. While there is no incontrovertible evidence that adjustment policies caused the crisis, they have been largely ineffective in reversing Zambia's economic decline. In fact, due to the IMF's ahistorical and instances, served to exacerbate the suffering of the population. Finally, Zambia's political structures have proved unable and unwilling to implement IMF reforms consistently and this underlies the central point that saps, as a strategy, cannot ensure long-term sustainable development. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Development administration and politics en
dc.subject Interstatal cooperation/liaison en
dc.subject 011 History en
dc.title The impact of structural adjustment programmes upon the political economy of Zambia : a critical analysis en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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