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The Business of DecolonizationBritish Business Strategies in the Gold Coast$
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Sarah Stockwell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208488

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208488.001.0001

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British Business in British Strategies for Decolonization in the Gold Coast

British Business in British Strategies for Decolonization in the Gold Coast

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(p.196) 7. British Business in British Strategies for Decolonization in the Gold Coast
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The Business of Decolonization
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Sarah Stockwell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208488.003.0010

British companies' experience of, and response to, Ghanaian decolonization was shaped both by a transformation in the economic activities of the colonial state beginning during the late 1930s and by British proposals for constitutional change. There is little evidence to support a neocolonialist interpretation of the transfer of power in the Gold Coast. Far from working hand-in-hand, business and government were frequently at odds and, although British businessmen were invited to the Colonial Office to discuss constitutional change, their concerns were far from paramount in official policy-making. Yet this did not mean that British companies were not allocated a role in post-war British imperial policy. On the contrary, the Labour government's plans for colonial economic development, and in particular for accelerated production of colonial exports, depended upon their co-operation. This chapter uses a case study of the Gold Coast mining industry to explore how at least some British companies fitted into the interstices of post-war Labour imperial economic policy. It then examines the policy of successive Conservative governments towards British business.

Keywords:   Gold Coast, British companies, British business, decolonization, imperial policy, economic development, constitutional change, mining industry, economic policy

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