Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana (African Issues) [Kenneth Good] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Is Botswana still. This book wipes the lustre off Africa’s sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor. Cambridge Core – Economics: General Interest – Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana – by Kenneth Good.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The book consists of an introduction, six substantive chapters, a brief conclusion, and appendix.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: In this meticulously researched monograph, Good sets out to challenge this ahistorical notion dispossrssion paints a very different picture of Botswana. Professor Good asserts the need to strengthen and democratise the electoral duamonds voting systems. From the perspective of the government of Botswana, the feeling is mutual.

If left unchecked, the current rewriting of history and the dissemination of outright falsehoods are likely to be disastrous for Africa as well as the diamond trade.

Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

Indeed, the original Orapa mine was so profitable that De Beers was able to recover its investment within two years of the dispossessoon opening.

Such an observation has been widely propagated by the leaders of the Botswana Democratic Party BDPand has also been enthusiastically supported by the academic community.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. For example, Botswana exhibits higher levels of inequality than all other African countries save for Lesotho and Namibia.

Presidents ln the ni to nominate their successor in Botswana and while this has ensured that the country avoids the fissile conflicts of South African presidential succession races, it also means that its democracy is locked into a formulaic, attenuated and elite-controlled configuration.

Similarly, chapter 3 narrates the political dominance of the BDP since independence and describes how its uninterrupted hegemony has allowed the executive presidency to centralize power and undermine democracy.

During his tenure at the University of Botswana, Good earned a reputation as a critical, yet rigorous, scholar and despite his politics being to the left of many of his students, he was widely respected as an academic and teacher. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. All presidents come in for a pasting from Good, but Ian Khama, son of founding President Sir Seretse Khama, is regarded with particular suspicion. Alarmingly too, Good warns of the growing power of the military and intelligence services in Botswana.

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For Good, the devil is in the detail. To this end a strategy of “beneficiation” is being constructed which includes a local polishing industry. In fact, the literature on Botswana notes that it has held fewer political prisoners than its former colonial power, Britain.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Kenneth Good was an employee of the University of Botswana for more than a decade AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botsqana takes aims at what it calls “celebratory” literature by positing that Botswana is neither developmental nor democratic in material terms.

In other words, the majority party’s MPs have been party to their own disempowerment. However a duopoly of presidentialism and ruling party preponderance has stimulated I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


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A new Directorate of Intelligence Services provides closer control of power. The indigenous in fact first peoples population has been highly marginalized, with income disparity more skewed than ever. Kenneth Good is a lone critic who bravely speaks out against the incessant drum beat of press praising Botswana as the epitome of “responsible sourcing” of rough diamonds in Africa.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A well-run democracy in the heart of Africa which operates in the financial black dispoxsession almost entirely to the mining and sale of diamonds.

Yet the country’s liberal democratic order stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s militaristic dictatorial developmental states.

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The major hallmark of such centralization has been the capacity of sitting presidents to select the next president of the country by appointing vice-presidents; such automatic succession to power has sidelined parliament and the public. Chapter 1 elaborates on this by describing how the economic dominance of diamond exports combined with an elitist power structure created path dependency by equating wealth accumulation with development. They are emblematic of what is known as “the resource curse”.

How can the gift of diamonds be turned to reform? This book is a welcome addition to the literature and serves as a timely warning to the international community that they need to look beyond the triumphalism of headlines to unearth the truth.

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