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From the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, images of crisis and reform dominated talk of Cameroon's economy. Doing Business in Cameroon examines the aftermath of that period of turbulence and unpredictability in the northern city of Ngaoundéré. Taking the everyday encounters between business actors and state bureaucrats as its point of departure, the book vividly illustrates the backstage and interconnected dynamics of four different sectors (cattle trade, trucking, public contracting, and NGO work). Drawing on his training in law and social anthropology, the author is able to clarify intricate policy dynamics and abstruse legal developments for readers. A widespread picture emerges of actors grappling with the long-term implications of selective or suspended enforcement of legal rules. The book deftly illuminates a set of shifting configurations in which economic outcomes like monetary gains or the circulation of goods are achieved by foregoing the possibility of relying on or complying with the law.Read more
- Builds on intensive fieldwork engagement sustained over a period of ten years
- Makes sense of the legal aspects of doing business
- Focuses on diverse economic sectors that are often treated separately
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'Essential reading for all those interested in the state in Africa, the inherent complexity and uncertainty of legal norms and practices, as well as emergent forms of African capitalism.' Thomas Bierschenk, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
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- Date Published: November 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108428996
- length: 242 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
List of figures
Introduction: doing business in Cameroon
1. Making a living in Ngaoundéré
2. The ordering of public things
3. 'Cattle saves the day'
4. On and off the road
5. Under 'the NGO label'
Conclusion: letting pass, letting go
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