Markets and states in tropical africa the political basis of agricultural policies with a new preface california series on social choice political economy robert h bates on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers most africans live in rural areas and derive their incomes from farming but because african governments follow . Markets and states in tropical africa the political basis of agricultural policies berkeley university of california press contents by manipulating the market for agricultural inputs governments gain another means of keeping food prices down thus fertilizer seed and tractors can be imported duty free and farmers can have access . Markets and states in tropical africa the political basis of agricultural policies. Robert bates markets and states in tropical africa this is perhaps as good as it gets in one succinct volume a clear and coherent analysis of why post colonial africas agricultural policies have been so poor and more generally why african development has failed. Markets and states in tropical africa the political basis of agricultural policies part i government interventions in major markets 1 policies toward cash crops for export 11 2 the food sector the political dynamics of pricing the politics of agricultural policy 119 9 political reform and economic development 129
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