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Transforming Mozambique By M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)

Transforming Mozambique
by M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)

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Economic transformations in Africa have been dramatic. This 2002 study of Mozambique's shift to a market economy reveals that it is more political and protracted than critics contend. The state remains a central actor, but social forces have also shaped the outcome of the restructuring.
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Transforming Mozambique: The Politics of Privatization, 1975-2000 by M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)

Many of the economic transformations in Africa have been as dramatic as those in Eastern Europe. Yet much of the comparative literature on transitions has overlooked African countries. This 2002 study of Mozambique's shift from a command to a market economy draws on a wealth of empirical material, including archival sources, interviews, political posters and corporate advertisements, to reveal that the state is a central actor in the reform process, despite the claims of neo-liberals and their critics. Alongside the state, social forces - from World Bank officials to rural smallholders - have also accelerated, thwarted or shaped change in Mozambique. M. Anne Pitcher offers an intriguing analysis of the dynamic interaction between previous and emerging agents, ideas and institutions, to explain the erosion of socialism and the politics of privatization in a developing country. She demonstrates that Mozambique's political economy is a heterogenous blend of ideological and institutional continuities and ruptures.

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Transforming Mozambique Reviews

'This is an important book which all those interested in modern Mozambique will want to read ... a fascinating book which tells a largely new story ...' Journal of African History
'Transforming Mozambique is an important book because it is one of the first to give evidence of what privatisation means in the contemporary African context. Not only does it provide important insights into the most significant economic changes that have taken place in that country in the last twenty years, but it also offers a sensible perspective on a debate that has become overly ideological.' Journal of Southern African Studies
"...a provocative and important study...the field is richer because of the illuminating study of the politics of privatization in Mozambique that Pitcher has written." International Journal of African History Studies
"[A] scholarly and well-written study.... Recommended." Choice
"M.Anne Pitcher's Transforming Mozambique: The Politics of Privatization, 1975-2000 is a much needed and welcome addition to the literature of the state in Africa. It is a well-researched and well-argued history of several defining moments in the formation of the state in Mozambique, specifically, the period of late colonialism, the early years of independence, the era of socialism and high modernism, and the transition to capitalism since the late 1980s. The book provides a long overdue reflection on the policies and actions of the Frelimo government from an historical point of view. Transforming Mozambique is a book that deserves a wide audience: it provides a great deal of information about the introduction of capitalism in industry and one important sector of Mozambican agriculture." H-Net Reviews

About M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)

M. Anne Pitcher is Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.

Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations and acronyms; Glossary; Map; Introduction; 1. The reconfiguration of the interventionist state after independence; 2. Demiurge ascending: high modernism and the making of Mozambique; 3. State sector erosion and the turn to the market; 4. A privatizing state or a statist privatization?; 5. Continuities and discontinuities in manufacturing; 6. Capital and countryside after structural adjustment; 7. The end of Marx and the beginning of the market? Rhetorical efforts to legitimate transformative preservation; Bibliography; Index.

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Transforming Mozambique: The Politics of Privatization, 1975-2000 by M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)
M. Anne Pitcher (Colgate University, New York)
African Studies
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