Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana (African Issues) [Kenneth Good] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Is Botswana still. This book wipes the lustre off Africa’s sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor. Cambridge Core – Economics: General Interest – Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana – by Kenneth Good.

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This text is a terrific starting point for serious discussion of what is really going on in Africa. Product details Hardcover Publisher: No eBook available Amazon. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Why are the Khoisan confined to ‘a gulag of special settlements’? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The combination of diamond dependency, an autocratic presidency, and a dominant party led by the rich not only has subverted democracy, but also has compromised human rights, the independence of the courts, and any pattern of equitable development in the country.

Yet this book is no polemical exercise. If left unchecked, the current rewriting of history and the dissemination of outright falsehoods are likely to be disastrous for Africa as well as the diamond trade.

Presidents have the power to nominate their successor in Botswana and while this has ensured that the country avoids the fissile conflicts of South African presidential succession races, it also means that its democracy is locked into a formulaic, attenuated and elite-controlled configuration. All presidents come in for a pasting from Good, but Ian Khama, son of founding President Sir Seretse Khama, is regarded with particular suspicion.


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Help Center Find new research papers in: The past history of Civil War in Sierra Leone is usually singled out, but recent government abuses in Zimbabwe dispossessioh face considerable scorn. The book consists of an introduction, six substantive chapters, a brief conclusion, and appendix.

Alarmingly too, Good warns of dispossessin growing power of the military and intelligence services in Botswana. Coastal tourism and economic inclusion in Indian Ocean Rim Association states.

Thanks to diamonds the country’s growth rate was the edmocracy in the world into the s, and regular parliamentary elections judged free on polling day have been held since During his tenure at the University of Botswana, Good earned a reputation as a critical, yet rigorous, scholar and despite his politics being to the diamonss of many of his students, he was widely respected as an academic and teacher.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In other words, the majority party’s MPs have been party to their own disempowerment. Showing of 1 reviews. Here Good contends that Botswana’s three postcolonial presidents engineered a political structure botewana enabled them to usurp much of the powers of parliament and the judiciary, and that the dominant political party, Botswana Democratic Party BDPfacilitated this centralization of authority.

A well-run democracy in the heart of Africa which operates in the financial black due almost entirely to the mining and sale of diamonds.

Chapter 1 elaborates on this by describing how the economic dominance of diamond exports combined with an elitist power structure created path dependency by equating wealth accumulation with development.

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Indeed, De Beers is portrayed by Good as co-conspirator in much that is odious in Botswana. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. They are emblematic of what is known as “the resource curse”. For example, Botswana bogswana higher levels of inequality than all other African countries save for Lesotho and Namibia. Botswana is counter-posed as the modern miracle state.


A multi-cultural coalition asserts that the government is implementing ‘a philosophy of cultural genocide on the non-Tswana tribes’. The ruling BDP is kept in perpetual power by the first-past-the post disposwession system. Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana takes aims at what it calls “celebratory” literature by positing that Botswana is neither developmental nor democratic in material terms.

Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

Indeed, the original Orapa mine was so profitable that De Beers was able to recover its investment within two years of the mine opening. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The major hallmark of such centralization has been the capacity of sitting presidents to select the next president of the country by appointing vice-presidents; such automatic succession to power has sidelined parliament and the public.

These are mostly identified as contraband alluvial supplies of diamonds throughout Africa, used to support armed insurrection and general mayhem. This book vispossession not balanced, nor is it meant to be, as it oscillates between analysis and advocacy.