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Governing Cotton

Globalization and Poverty in Africa


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

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About this book


This book traces the historic relationships between cotton production, the international cotton trade and poverty south of the Sahara, and assesses various approaches to corporate social responsibility and nongovernmental policy advocacy in this area.


corporate social responsibility globalization Governance government intervention Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) poverty production

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GuelphCanada

About the authors

ADAM SNEYD Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and Development at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has published on the relevance of the North-South debate in the present era of globalization, and his current research focuses on tropical timber and poverty in the Central Africa region.

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'Adam Sneyd's critique significantly contributes to the ongoing debate on poverty among commodity producers.' - Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development

'This is a must read for scholars and policy-makers who are attempting to understand the micro-realities and lived experience of Africa's poverty problem. Sneyd belongs to an innovative and gifted generation of young scholars who are forcing us to rethink the basics of international political economy. His important book deserves high praise.' - Daniel Drache, Associate Director, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada

'This book offers a thoughtful and balanced assessment of the linkages between cotton production and poverty in Africa in an era of economic globalization. The book's discussion of new governance initiatives such as corporate social responsibility efforts is both rich in detail and highly engaging.' Jennifer Clapp, CIGI Chair in Global Environmental Governance and Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Environment and Resources Department, University of Waterloo, Canada