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Title:Botswana and Zimbabwe: Relative success and comparative failure PDF Logo
Authors:Mhone, Guy
Bond, Patrick
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2001/38
Abstract:Botswana and Zimbabwe represent two cases of differential access to the world economy. Notwithstanding its lack of diversification and its reliance on a primary mineral export, Botswana has prospered while Zimbabwe has fallen into a deep crisis. Historical and comparative evidence allows us to transcend the superficial presumption common to much policy discourse, namely, that the basis for success depends upon adherence to the ‘Washington Consensus’ export-oriented strategy, or to good governance, or even to geographical considerations. We argue instead that there are much deeper problems and possibilities that Botswana and Zimbabwe unveil, which relate largely to developmental linkages and aspects of agency.
Subjects:sub-Saharan Africa
critique of the Washington consensus
JEL:F13
F43
O19
O49
O54
O55
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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