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Institutions and Agrarian Development

A New Approach to West Africa

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 1-10
  3. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 11-37
  4. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 39-58
  5. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 59-84
  6. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 85-112
  7. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 113-134
  8. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 135-154
  9. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 155-159
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 161-178

About this book

Introduction

This book argues that development strategies have thus far failed in Western Africa because the many challenges afflicting the area have yet to be explored and understood from the perspective of institutional resources. With a particular focus on three countries on the bend of the Upper West African coast – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – this book offers a theory to account for the nature of these institutional elements, to test deductions against evidence, and finally to propose a reset for rural development policy to make fuller use of local institutional resources. Based on quantitative analysis and eight years of multidisciplinary field research, this volume features several large-scale RCTs in the domain of rural development, local governance, and nature conservation. The authors address one of the biggest topics in agricultural and development economics today: the structural transformation of poor, agrarian economies, and they do so through the important and unique lens of institutions.

Keywords

African underdevelopment agricultural production development in West Africa Guinea Liberia Sierra Leone food production poverty foreign direct investment farming institutional arrangements

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Development Economics GroupWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Directorate of Research and PlanningNjala UniversityMokondeSierra Leone
  3. 3.Development Economics GroupWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands

About the authors

Erwin Bulte is Professor of Development Economics at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has published more than 125 papers in internationally refereed journals, including Science, The American Economic Review, The Journal of Development Economics, and The American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Paul Richards is Professor Emeritus of Technology and Agrarian Development at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and an honorary professor at Njala University, Sierra Leone. He has carried out anthropological and agricultural research in West African countries at various periods over 45 years.  His many papers and books include analyses of agrarian factors in civil wars and inter-communal conflicts in the West African region.

Maarten Voors is Assistant Professor of Development Economics at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on institutions, (post-conflict) development and behavior, and his research has appeared in The American Economic Review, Management Science and African Affairs, among others.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Institutions and Agrarian Development
  • Book Subtitle A New Approach to West Africa
  • Authors Erwin Bulte
    Paul Richards
    Maarten Voors
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98500-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-98499-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07500-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-98500-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 178
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agricultural Economics
    Development Economics
    African Economics
    Economic Growth
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