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Title: Regionalism and political development in Northern Ghana : a study of the political effects of social and economic disparities
Author: Ladouceur, Paul André
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1973
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This thesis examines the phenomenon of regionalism as it occurs in the northern portion of the West African state of Ghana. For purposes of political analysis, a region is defined as an area whose inhabitants feel themselves or their area to be different in some significant way from the rest of the state in which they live. An attempt is made to view the question of regionalism from the perspective of both the people of the region and the national government, and to define basic strategies which regional leaders and movements might adopt towards the rest of the country. Northern Ghana, which comprises about two-fifths of Ghana's area and between one-quarter and one-fifth of its population, is distinguished from the rest of the country by climate, vegetation, natural resources, and ethnic distribution, including languages, customs, religious influences, social and political organisation, and historical experience. The nature of British colonial rule over the North, beginning about 1900, tended to reinforce certain aspects of North-South differences. The North was treated as a separate administrative unit, and different policies were pursued in sudiareas as education and local administration. By and large, the British did little to develop the North or to promote North-South integration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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