Limits of Adjustment in Africa

Limits of Adjustment in Africa

The Effects of Economic Liberalization, 1986-94

Peter Gibbon, Philip Raikes et al.

Edited by Poul Engberg-Pedersen


James Currey



Assesses the effects of the structural adjustment programmes and economic liberalization in Africa.
The editors conclude that little development has actually occurred during the era of structural adjustment, with a general contraction in per capita economic growth. There has also been a deterioration in the position of the worst-off economic groups, especially women. Other findings of the study include: population increases at levels ahead of growth, which have increased pressures on resources, from land and water to state-provided services and human labour; increased vulnerability to recession, famine and disease; and the claim by some critics that the programmes themselves have contributed to the growing crisis.


January 1996
448 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780852551523
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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... This book provides strong support for the view that alternatives are needed, especially from the evidence provided by the studies of countries which have adopted most of the recommended policies - in Ghana's case for over a decade - and still see little light at the end of the tunnel. - Frances Stewart in JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
... the book is a remarkable achievement and well worth reading. The authors never lose sight of the general analysis and the case studies give many useful insights for policy makers, donors and students of adjustment in general and of Africa in particular. - Geske Dijkstra in DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE