The state of privatisation
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CTA. 1998. The state of privatisation. Spore 78. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Natural Resource Management and Institutional Change By D Carney and J Farrington. 1998. 120 pp. ISBN 0-415-18604-8 £ 40.00 Routledge 11 New Ferrer Lane London EC4P 4EE, UK
Where two decades ago the state led the development process, now it is expected to be a facilitator. In agriculture and natural resources, monolithic state management has been replaced by partnerships of public and non-public groups, ranging from the commercial to the community-based, practising 'common pool resource management'. But decentralisation, privatisation and partnerships are not the sure way to poverty alleviation and redistribution of opportunity that was once promised. ''A government that is, in principle, more accessible to the poorest because of its proximity is also more accessible, and often more accessed, by the richer members of society.'' That risk was obvious when privatisation first became fashionable, and the need to focus on the poor still grows in urgency. It is a shame that the authors, often renowned for being ahead of their time, have only been able to speak out after the cutting edge of privatisation has chopped down so much. Natural Resource Management and Institutional Change By D Carney and J Farrington. 1998. 120 pp. ISBN 0-415-18604-8 ? £ 40.00 Routledge 11 New Ferrer Lane London EC4P 4EE, UK