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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Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana.

The President in Botswana is empowered to do whatever he pleases. From the perspective of the government of Botswana, the feeling is mutual. Not if but when the mines dry up, the future of Botswana is disposssession from secure. Distributed in the U. What is ‘perpetual democracy’? Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Indeed, the original Orapa mine was so profitable that De Beers was able to recover its investment within two years of the mine opening.

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Diamnods book is not balanced, nor is it meant to be, as it oscillates between analysis and advocacy. 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. And, that dependency on diamond wealth as a strategy for development has mostly benefited growth of government diwmonds leaves the country undeveloped in all other senses of the word.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. Split in to five main sections, the book investigates diamond production, the power of the president, the predominance of one party rule, the social weaknesses in the country and the subordination of the San people.

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For Good, the devil is in the detail. He sees diversification as essential to reduce the dependency on diamonds. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. 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.

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The rich have used diamonds to secure economic and political powers, which has resulted in high levels of government corruption to the detriment of the majority of the population.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Yet the country’s liberal democratic order stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s militaristic dictatorial developmental states. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Moreover, far from suffering from the resources ih, Botswana is a functioning and peaceful state that has an unbroken history of free and fair elections combined with the highest economic growth rates globally for the three decades since its independence in Chapter 2 suggests that Botswana is formally democratic but substantively autocratic.


English Choose a language for shopping. For Good, the treatment of the Basarwa is acutely symptomatic of a deep ethnic chauvinism that abounds in Botswana and which re-enforces the demonstrably false and dangerous notion of national homogeneity. This book is a welcome addition to the literature and serves as a dispossssion warning to the international community that they need to look beyond the triumphalism of headlines to unearth the truth.

Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

A multi-cultural coalition asserts that the government is implementing ‘a philosophy of cultural genocide on the non-Tswana tribes’. The book consists of an introduction, six substantive chapters, a brief conclusion, and appendix. Product details Hardcover Publisher: Kenneth Good is a lone critic who bravely speaks out against the incessant drum beat of press praising Botswana as the epitome of “responsible sourcing” of rough diamonds in Africa.

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Yet this book is no polemical exercise. The Republic of Botswana has occupied a privileged position in Africanist literature as the premier developmental state.