The politics of development in Botswana : a model for success? /
Louis A. Picard.
Boulder : L. Rienner Publishers, 1987.
xiv, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0931477956 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) :
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Boulder : L. Rienner Publishers, 1987.
0931477956 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 281-291.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-01:
This excellent book, by one of the few US specialists on the southern African country of Botswana, will likely become a standard (reference) work. It is the product of some 12 years of work, including several extended stays for research and teaching. Picard has edited Politics and Rural Development in Southern Africa (CH, Sep '86), which includes material on Botswana, but this is his first book-length work on the country. Botswana, called Bechuanaland until independence in 1966, is one of the few economic and political success stories in Africa, although Picard notes that some of this success may be more apparent than real. Still, the country does have a functioning parliamentary form of government with legal opposition parties, viable local government bodies, and genuinely competitive elections. It boasted the best economic performance in Africa during the 1970s. The work features superb footnotes and bibliography, plus a handy glossary of terms unique to the area. Covering both the colonial and the independence eras, the book will benefit those seeking an overview of politics in Botswana, and specialists looking at the pervasive influence of bureaucracy in a new state. For all college and large public libraries.-C.W. Hartwig, Arkansas State University
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