African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


The legitimacy challenge of market governance in Botswana

Charles Conteh
  • Charles Conteh
  • Department of Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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  •  Received: 12 November 2008
  •  Accepted: 28 October 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2014


This paper examines the economic policy implementation in Botswana, a country where the state is actively engaged in the management of the economy in partnership with organized interests in the private sector, to bring about a diversification of the market away from dependence on mining. The discussion looks at the institutional mechanisms of state-market “partnership”, examining how the weak legitimacy of the government’s interventionist approach has negatively affected not only the outcome of economic policies, but also its relations with organized interests in the market, mainly business and labour. 


Key words: Economic policy, Botswana, private sector, state market.