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Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy

Institutions and Agrarian Development

A New Approach to West Africa

Authors: Bulte, Erwin, Richards, Paul, Voors, Maarten

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  • ​Offers empirical evidence from ongoing case studies in West Africa
  • Proposes a new framework for thinking about development issues
  • Features collaborative research from economists and anthropologists
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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.


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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 71,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98500-8
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98499-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Institutions and Agrarian Development
Book Subtitle
A New Approach to West Africa
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98500-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98500-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98499-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 178
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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