Structural Adjustment and the Prospects for Democracy in Southern Africa

  • Manfred A. Bienefeld
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The economic liberalization associated with orthodox structural adjustment is unlikely to permit the consolidation or deepening of democracy in southern Africa. Indeed, by introducing additional tensions and uncertainties into a highly charged political situation, it is far more likely to extinguish the flickering flame of freedom and pave the way for chaos or authoritarianism. If, by chance, democracy should survive, it would be a Guatemalan democracy that merely obscured an authoritarian reality.


Structural Adjustment Debt Crisis Adjustment Policy Export Promotion World Development Report 
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