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Predatory elites, rents and cocoa: a comparative analysis of Ghana and Ivory Coast

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TitlePredatory elites, rents and cocoa: a comparative analysis of Ghana and Ivory Coast
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWoods, Dwayne
JournalCommonwealth & Comparative Politics
Volume42
Issue2
End Page224 - 241
Date Published2004///
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsaccess to land, business cycles, conflict, elites, farmers & production, Ghana, Ivory Coast, land tenure
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This article explores the way in which the cocoa sector shaped the rent-seeking behaviour of ruling elites and rural producers in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Analysis of their rent-seeking behaviour is done in two different contexts. The first context is a boom period in which the exploitation of the rent generated from cocoa production leads elites and rural producers to pursue specific investment and allocation strategies. The other context is the bust period in which the rent has declined and, more importantly, the factors of production – land and labour – associated with the successful exploitation of cocoa become more contested and contribute to increased political tension along class, ethnic and regional lines. In terms of land, the cultivation of cocoa has meant the development of “permanent” use rights in the land. Consequently, the value of the land has been enhanced, the income concept of peasant farming changed, and the indigenous concept of landed property thrown into disarray.

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