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Peasants and Governments: An Economic Analysis

By: D Bevan, P Collier and JW Gunning

360 pages, Illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 1990 | #9364 | ISBN: 019828621X
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This book is the first of two companion volumes by these authors on trade shocks in controlled economies. Both theoretically innovative and drawing on extensive applied work, it addresses a number of issues in the forefront of economics, principally the relationship between macro and micro economics, by analysing the impact of an external macro shock - the coffee price boom - on each of two developing countries which have much in common but whose governmental organizations and objectives differ sharply. The authors focus on three important ways in which governments affect peasants: setting crop prices; controlling access to consumer goods; and provision of public services. They address these three areas using microeconomic analysis and household survey data collected in Kenya and Tanzania. Much of the analysis is relevant for a wide class of developing countries.


Introduction; Part I: The Peasant Economies of Kenya and Tanzania: Peasant farming in Kenya, 1974-1982; Peasant farming in Tanzania, 1969-1983; Part II: Peasants and Price Volatility: Theory and an Application to Kenya: Introduction to Part II; The response to price windfalls: Some theoretical considerations; Responses to price changes in Kenya; A comparison with Tanzania; Part III: Peasant Supply Response to Shortages: Theory and an Application to Tanzania: Introduction to Part III; The theory of peasant supply response under shortages; Time series tests of aggregate supply response; Cross-section tests of household supply response; Conclusion to Part III; Part IV: Peasants and Public Services: Introduction to Part IV; The distribution of public services in Kenya and Tanzania; An analysis of the effects of public service provision; Peasants and governments; Appendix: The rural surveys

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