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Democracy and the feedback mechanism in Botswana

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  • Sophia du Plessis

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    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

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No country knows what the right policy choices are because we live in a world of uncertainty. One way to improve policy choices is to ensure a good feedback mechanism. With feedback, current policy choices might be altered to ensure a better fit with prevailing circumstances. Botswana seems to be an interesting case study, where the deportation of a well-known academic placed a lid on its history of openness and public debate. This paper explores why a government respected for good management would choose to display such signs of autocracy, and how it is possible within the prevailing government institutions.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10/2007.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers41

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Keywords: Poverty; Botswana; Botswana government; Democracy; Feedback mechanism; Institutions;

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  1. North, D-C, 1997. "The Process of Economic Change," Research Paper 128, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
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