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Title:Lobbying for trade barriers: a comparison of poultry producers' success in Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana
Author:Johnson, Martha C.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Subjects:trade restrictions
interest groups
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41474947
Abstract:Over the last two decades, developing countries have lowered trade barriers considerably. As a result, they have experienced a surge in food commodity imports. In Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon, a flood of frozen poultry imports in the late 1990s and early 2000s threatened domestic poultry producers. In response, they organized to demand protectionist measures. This article examines why the Cameroonian and Senegalese governments responded to these demands while the Ghanaian government did not. Employing data from interviews in Senegal, newspaper coverage in all three countries, and documentation from non-governmental organizations, it argues that Cameroonian, and to a lesser extent Senegalese, producers were able to influence government policy because they faced few barriers to collective action and built alliances with consumers before lobbying government. The findings suggest that a public choice, interest group-focused approach is still useful for explaining policy outcomes in West Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]