Agrarian Development in West Africa: Possibilities for Institutional Reform?

Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors

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Institutions should not be viewed with simplistic qualifications of “good” and “poor.” Instead, careful attention is needed to where institutions come from and how they change. This includes reflecting on our own viewpoints and a need to shift our focus from a snapshot picture to a dynamic and “bottom-up” one. Douglas’ fourfold institutional ordering is useful here. Institutions are on the move, so what transformations can we expect? We highlight some promising directions. There is a need to create more space for, and to pay careful attention to, this kind of local institutional experimentation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstitutions and Agrarian Development
Subtitle of host publicationA New Approach to West Africa
EditorsE. Bulte, P. Richards, M. Voors
ISBN (Electronic)9783319985008
ISBN (Print)9783319984995
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2018


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