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Puzzle and Paradox
A Political Economy of Madagascar

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  • Date Published: February 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108488334

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  • Madagascar's long-term trajectory is unique: not only has GDP per capita been trending downward since 1960 (the puzzle), but every time the country has set out on path of growth, it has been stopped in its tracks by a socio-political crisis that has shattered the hopes it raised (the paradox). No satisfactory explanation of this failure has been provided so far. This book elaborates a model of intelligibility of Madagascar's downfall, based on an integrated political economy approach as well as mobilizing the most recent development theories. Combining a review of historical literature with original and sometimes unique statistical surveys, it proposes a general interpretative framework for the workings of Malagasy society. Richly documented and accessible, Puzzle and Paradox allows readers to understand Madagascar's sociopolitical history while more broadly offering an opportunity to grasp the different dimensions of development in the Global South.

    • Connects economic and political history through the synthesis of different sources of knowledge on Malagasy economy and society since colonial times
    • Embraces a data-drive approach to the sociopolitical history of the island and complements it with a generous supply of visualized data
    • Takes stock of assets and obstacles using uncomplicated explanations and specific evidence in order to make the socioeconomic approach to understanding Madagascar accessible without forgoing accuracy
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    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108488334
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and acronyms
    General introduction
    1. The Malagasy mystery through the lens of economic growth and development theories
    2. Milestones for a political economy of Madagascar's trajectory
    3. Structural assets
    4. Obstacles
    5. Elites in Madagascar: a sociography
    General conclusion
    Timeline
    Glossary of Malagasy terms
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Mireille Razafindrakoto, French Institute for Research for Sustainable Development
    Mireille Razafindrakoto is Senior Researcher at the French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD). She is the co-editor of many books, including Madagascar d'une crise l'autre: ruptures et continuité (2018), The Informal Economy in Developing Countries (2014) and The New International Poverty Reduction Strategies (2003).

    François Roubaud, French Institute for Research for Sustainable Development
    François Roubaud is Senior Research Fellow at the French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD). He is the co-editor of many books, including Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: Critical Perspectives (2020), Madagascar d'une crise l'autre: ruptures et continuité (2018), and The New International Poverty Reduction Strategies (2003).

    Jean-Michel Wachsberger, Université de Lille
    Jean-Michel Wachsberger is a Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Lille. He is the co-editor of many books, including Madagascar d'une crise l'autre: ruptures et continuité (2018) and L'intégration sociale hiérarchisée: L'exemple d'une métropole en développement (2014).

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