Beyond the Miracle of the Market
The Political Economy of Agrarian Development in Kenya 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Robert H. Bates
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Beyond the Miracle of the Market by Robert H. Bates
Book DescriptionAs capitalism defeated socialism in Eastern Europe, the market displaced the state in the developing world. In Beyond the Miracle of the Market, first published in 2005, Bates focuses on Kenya, a country that continued to grow while others declined in Africa, and mounts a prescient critique of the neo-classical turn in development economics. Attributing Kenya's exceptionalism to its economic institutions, this book pioneers the use of 'new institutionalism' in the field of development. In doing so, however, the author accuses the approach of being apolitical. Institutions introduce power into economic life. To account for their impact, economic analysis must therefore be complemented by political analysis; micro-economics must be imbedded in political science. In making this argument, Bates relates Kenya's subsequent economic decline to the change from the Kenyatta to the Moi regime and the subsequent use of the power of economic institutions to redistribute rather than to create wealth.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521617956
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert H. Bates
When Things Fell Apart, Paperback (September 2015)
Explores Africa in the late twentieth century, focusing on the logic of political order and the foundations of the state.
Africa's Development in Historical Perspective, Paperback (August 2014)
This edited volume addresses the root causes of Africa's persistent poverty through an investigation of its longue duree history.
Markets and States in Tropical Africa, Paperback (April 2014)
Following independence, most countries in Africa sought to develop, but their governments pursued policies that actually undermined their rural economies. This book provides a preface and chapter that address the seeds of Africa's recovery and discuss the significance of the continent's success for the arguments of this classic work.
Prosperity and Violence, Paperback (September 2009)» View all books by Robert H. Bates
In his new edition of Prosperity and Violence, Robert Bates continues to investigate the relationship between political order and economic growth.
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Author Biography - Robert H. Bates
Robert H. Bates undertook graduate studies of anthropology at Manchester University and economics at Stanford. Joining the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, he rose to full professor before leaving for the Luce Professorship at Duke in the early 1980s. He joined the faculty at Harvard in 1993. Bates has conducted field work in Zambia, Kenya, Ghana and the Sudan and traveled throughout much of West Africa as well. He has also conducted fieldwork in Colombia and Brazil, where he conducted research on the politics and economics of the international coffee industry. A consultant for the World Bank and USAID, Bates is also a member of the State Failure Task Force. He serves as a resource person for the Africa Economic Research Consortium and has for several years held a visiting professorship on the faculty of the economics department at Toulouse University.
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