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Bates.   1981.   Markets   and   states   in   tropical   Africa:   The   political   basis   of  agricultural policies. Berkeley: University of California Press.  1 Part I: Government Intervention in Major Markets o 1.1 The Market for Agricultural Outputs 1.1.1 Industrial Motivations (ch 1) 1.1.2 Pricing Policies (ch 2) o 1.2 The Market for Agricultural Inputs (ch 3) o 1.3 The Market for Consumer Goods (ch 4) 2 Comment and Criticism Part I: Government Intervention in Major Markets When   post-colonial   governments   gained   power,   they   took   control   of   states  economically dependent on producing and exporting primary products, especially  food   goods.   Desiring   rapid   development,   they   implemented   policies   to   shift  resources from agriculture to industry and manufacturing. In part I of his book,  Bates explores the results of this state interference in agricultural markets. He  points out that farmers "stand at the intersection of three major markets" (pg 3):  The market for agricultural output (food), discussed in chapters 1 and 2; the  market for agricultural inputs (fertilizer, tractors, credit), discussed in chapter 3;,  and the market for consumer goods (things that farmers wish to buy), discussed  in chapter 4. 4 themes (pg.6) 1.The feelings of disillusion now prevalent in much of Africa: 2.The role of the market as a political arena: the market is  the setting for the  struggle b/w peasants and the state. 3.Political control: government intervention can be shown in some features of  agricultural policies. 4. The broader fate of the peasantry in the development process: as part of the  modernization   process,   thepeasantry   is   compelled   tosurrender   itsresources  totheuppercalsses The Market for Agricultural Outputs Industrial Motivations (ch 1)
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