The Political Economy of Senegal Under Structural Adjustment

by Christopher L. Delgado, ed., Sidi Jammeh


Senegal, one of Africa's few civilian-ruled countries, offers insight into the process of national development. Sixteen essays address the interplay between economic and political forces shaping the destiny of this major African nation.

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March 1991


Pages 232
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Topics Economics/International
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Senegal, one of Africa's few civilian-ruled countries, provides fascinating ground for examining the process of national development. This volume addresses the interplay between economic and political forces that have shaped, and continue to influence, the destiny of this major African nation. The twelve essays, contributed by scholars and development practitioners, are built around two primary themes. First, external economic events influence Senegal's domestic economic options which in turn affect and are affected by its political structures. Second, the world facing Senegal is particularly harsh for nurturing both national unity and the development of stable political and economic institutions. This interdisciplinary approach to development provides a rapid yet in-depth look at the major economic and political issues in Senegal.

The editors' comprehensive introduction, Structural Change in a Difficult World, provides both the historical and the thematic foundations for the essays that follow. Essays cover four main topic areas: The Evolution of Economic Structures, The Evolution of Political Structures, Adjustment in Agriculture, and Adjustment in the City. Authors include former Senegalese officials; the Senegalese, French, and U.S. university and research establishment; and researchers at international donor agencies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Structural Change in a Hostile Environment by Christopher L. Delgado and Sidi JammehThe Economy Since Independence by Prosper YoumAgricultural Crisis: Past and Future by Philippe Bonnefond and Philippe CoutyCreating the Basis for Long-Term Growth by Pierre Landell-Mills and Brian NgoIdeological and Institutional Antecedents of the New Agricultural Policy by Michel Benoit-CattinAnimation Rurale: Biography of an African Administrative Agency by Irving Leonard MarkovitzThe New Agricultural Policy: Its Feasibility and Implications for the Future by Frederic Martin and Eric CrawfordAgricultural Performance under Structural Adjustment by Valerie Kelly and Christopher L. DelgadoThe Politics of Independence: 1960-1986 by Mohamed MbodjiPolitics under the Specter of Deindustrialization: "Structural Adjustment" in Practice by Catherine BooneThe Impact of the Reforms on the Urban Population: How the Dakarois View the Crisis by Carolyn M. SomervilleThe Senegambia Confederation by Lucie Colvin PhillipsGlossary of AcronymsBibliographyIndex



This book is a welcome addition to a growing literature that critically assesses the structural adjustment initiatives of the IMF. While its conclusion is pessimistic, it strikes an admirable balance between the tendency to condemn the IMF unconditionally and the equally untenable conclusion of many observers that incumbent elites alone hold the key to progress.— Studies in Comparative International Development

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