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The Democratic Republic of Congo : economic dimensions of war and peace /
Michael Nest ; with François Grignon and Emizet F. Kisangani.
Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2006.
165 p. : ill., maps.
1588262332 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2006.
1588262332 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-07-01:
Offering the clearest explanations this reviewer has read in English, Nest reports on the political economy of Congo's wars of the 1990s and the early 21st century; Grignon discusses the economic agendas in the Congolese peace process; and Kisangani analyzes the legacies of the war economy. The kleptocracy of Mobutu Sese Seko, head of state, 1965-97, exacerbated clientelism, neighboring country intervention, ethnic tensions, competition over exportable resources, and state collapse. In 2004, 18 months after the official end of hostilities, Congo's local conflicts were responsible for an estimated 30,000 new deaths every month. Nest indicates that Congo's gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in 2000 was only 25 percent of its 1970 level, while Kisangani projects that Congo's GDP will reach levels at independence (1960) only in 2060. For Kisangani, the major economic legacies of war were a newly wealthy oligarchy that monopolized resources and displaced old elites; interruption of subsistence agriculture (especially by women, the major food producers, who feared soldiers' rape and pillage); confused property rights; reduced public entitlements; and illegal and informal economic activities that flourished as resistance to Mobutu's and successors' predatory state. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. E. W. Nafziger Kansas State University
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This work analyzes the operational challenges that the war economy posed, and continues to pose, for policymakers and practitioners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The authors first trace the historical role of natural resource exploitation in shaping economic development in Zaire.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 11
Background to the conflictp. 17
The political economy of the Congo warp. 31
Economic agendas in the Congolese peace processp. 63
Legacies of the war economy : economic challenges for postconflict reconstructionp. 99
Conclusionp. 129
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