Review from ROAPE Volume 21 Number 61
Ghana under PNDC Rule; Politics of Reform in Ghana
Ghana's Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) has been hailed as a resounding ‘success’ by the international donor community. Likewise, Jerry Rawling's Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) has proven to be the most resilient regime in post-colonial Ghana and one of the longest surviving in sub-Saharan Africa. These twin feats have resulted in a plethora of books analysing the circumstances peculiar to the country (for example, Frimpong-Ansah, 1991; Rimmer, 1992). These two books add to this debate in a number of ways. The edited collection is produced by Ghanian academics and aims to provide a carefully considered analysis of the PNDC, but in doing so necessarily focuses on the SAP. Herbst's book uses Ghana as a test case in order to devise a political ‘model’ to accompany what he sees as the adequately theorised neoclassical model which underpins adjustment programmes.