International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Business-Government Relations: Politics and Policy of Trade Liberalization and Local Industries in Ghana
Issaka, Sayi Abdul Hamid

This Paper examines the impact of trade liberalization on the local manufacturing industries, the state of the relationship between government and business in Ghana, and the challenges facing the local industries. It uses the neo-mercantilism as a theoretical lens through the application of process tracing. Data from the textile industry was used to justify the challenges and the decline of the industry after post-independence. The paper argues that the sequencing of trade reforms, particularly import liberalization has damaged the local manufacturing sector in Ghana. The assumption is that without a strong government intervention to protect the local manufacturing industries, it will be difficult for the local industries to strive in a competitive trade environment that fostered by globalization.

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