Misrepresenting occurrences and personalities in Ghana, 1979-1983: A comment on Frank Gerits' incorrect and misleading claims

Authors

  • James Ahiakpor California State University, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.38140/sjch.v47i2.6651

Keywords:

Dependency theory, Marxism, Neoclassical economics, Economic policy reform

Abstract

Frank Gerits’s article contains several misrepresentations and false claims about events and personalities in Ghana during the turbulent years of 1979 through 1983.  The most serious of these are his treatments of Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings and Dr. Kwesi Botchwey.  Gerits ignores Rawlings’s own explanations for his actions and misrepresents Botchwey’s arguments in two essays.   The important lessons for economic policy formulation and governance in the Third World to be learned from the painful experiences Ghanaians went through in those years are distorted by Gerits’s attempting to craft an interpretive perspective he calls “anticolonial capitalism” or “anticolonial liberation.”   My comment clarifies.  

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Ahiakpor, J. (2022). Misrepresenting occurrences and personalities in Ghana, 1979-1983: A comment on Frank Gerits’ incorrect and misleading claims. Southern Journal for Contemporary History, 47(2), 107-115. https://doi.org/10.38140/sjch.v47i2.6651

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