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Title:Industrial Class Formation in Ghana: Some Empirical Observations
Author:Bennell, Paul
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:Ghana
economic policy
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.1984.tb00198.x
Abstract:In a recent article in 'Dev. and Change', 14 (1983), p. 403-429, Paul COLLINS examines the significance and impact of state intervention on the ownership structure of the industrial sector in Ghana and Nigeria in the 1970s, and concludes that a significant class of indigenous industrialists has emerged. The present author re-examines Collins's conclusion using empirical data from Ghana. In four sections he successively considers: 1. the main themes of the debate on the indigenous industrial bourgeoisie in Africa; 2. the absolute and relative size of the indigenous industrial bourgeoisie in Ghana vis--vis the other two main ownership groups - foreign and state capital - in the manufacturing sector; 3. the importance of state intervention in the industrial sector in Ghana in the allocation of foreign exchange; 4. the access of the indigenous industrial bourgeoisie and its principal competitors to essential supplies of imported raw materials, and equipment and spare parts. Notes, ref., tab.