Oct
23
Tue 12:30 PM

Institutions,Party Politics, and Private Sector Development in Africa, Anne Pitcher

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When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  
Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Contact: Kate Dargis   847-491-7323  
Group: Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
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Institutions,Party Politics, and Private Sector Development in Africa

Professor Anne Pitcher, Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan

cosponsored with the Political Parties Working Group, Department of Political Science
*lunch provided*

Abstract: Drawing on the theory developed in her recent book, Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies, Anne Pitcher offers an explanation for the different outcomes of neoliberal economic reforms adopted by African countries over the last two decades.  Pitcher argues that patterns of private sector development depend not only on the kinds of institutional arrangements adopted by states in order to create or expand their private sectors, but also on the nature of party system competition and the quality of democracy in particular countries.  After discussing the institutional choices made by African governments to create or expand their private sectors, the paper will demonstrate how party politics shaped the privatization process in Mozambique and Zambia.