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What the State Does, Why It Does It and the Consequences:A Comparative Analysis of State Policy Choices in the Cocoa, Timber and Gold Mining Sectors in Ghana

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dc.contributor.advisor Wilsford, David
dc.contributor.author Osae-Kwapong, John David
dc.creator Osae-Kwapong, John David
dc.date 2013-12
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-16T19:55:09Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-16T19:55:09Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-16
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9071
dc.description.abstract This study examines the differences in state policy choices used to manage three key export commodities: cocoa, timber, and gold in Ghana. I examine the policy choices along three decision points and question- a) why the state retains no rights to cocoa but retains rights to timber and gold at the point of ownership; b) why cocoa growing, timber harvesting and gold mining are all undertaken by private actors and not a state-owned enterprise at the point of production; and c) why the state uses producer price fixing in the cocoa sector, a guiding selling price mechanism in the timber sector and a fiscal regime of taxes and fees in the gold mining sector as the primary mechanism for extracting rents at the point of sale. Treating the state as the central actor in society, I draw on interviews, surveys and secondary data to show that the state is motivated by different factors ( key and enabling) within and across each of the sectors thereby giving it different levels of control over the resource sector. I argue that by carefully unpacking the key and enabling factors driving state policy choices in the cocoa, timber and gold mining sectors, it shows when greater state control is more desirable and instances where it is less desirable in managing resources that serve as key export commodities. I further argue that these policy choices and the resulting level of state control has several consequences for both the state and those in society whose everyday lives depend on working in the resource sectors namely cocoa farmers and workers in timber and gold-mining companies. The study has several implications, particularly for how the state is understood within the context of the resource curse discourse.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 John David Osae-Kwapong en_US
dc.subject Natural resource management en_US
dc.title What the State Does, Why It Does It and the Consequences:A Comparative Analysis of State Policy Choices in the Cocoa, Timber and Gold Mining Sectors in Ghana en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name PhD in Political Science en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Political Science en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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