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The White Gold: The Role of Government and State in Rehabilitating the Sugar Industry in Mozambique

  • Lars Buur
  • Carlota Mondlane Tembe
  • Obede Baloi
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    This article examines the rehabilitation of the sugar industry in Mozambique after the General Peace Accord in 1992, engaging primarily and critically with certain aspects of the business-state literature. It explains why the sugar sector was rehabilitated from the perspectives of Mozambican state, government and industry actors. The article argues that support for the industry cannot be identified in singular and one-dimensional terms, but must include a variety of attributes of support that emerged from a post-independence fusion of industry, state and government officials' historical experiences of success and failure in the industry, and pragmatic as well as longer-term ideological stances. This, it is argued, created a ‘mediating bureaucracy’ that could broker between the diverse interests and aspirations of state/government and industry.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 349-362

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:3:p:349-362
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