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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 and the Gold Coast Colonial State on the Eve of Decolonization

British Business and the Gold Coast Colonial State on the Eve of Decolonization

(p.36) 2. British Business and the Gold Coast Colonial State on the Eve of Decolonization
The Business of Decolonization

Sarah Stockwell

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the British companies' relations with the Gold Coast colonial state during the Second World War and its immediate aftermath until around 1948. The relationship between business and the colonial state was made more difficult, it is argued, by the increasingly interventionist nature of colonial government in this period. This discussion establishes a context for subsequent consideration of business-government negotiations over issues arising from political change. It is also helpful for understanding popular suspicions of business-government collusion as well as the background to problems that arose between British firms and African consumers and that culminated in the 1948 disturbances. This chapter also discusses commodity marketing, labour, immigration, and taxation and shows that the late colonial period saw the colonial administration adopt new regulatory powers and intervene in unprecedented ways in colonial economic activity.

Keywords:   Gold Coast, British companies, Second World War, business, colonial government, African consumers, commodity marketing, labour, immigration, taxation

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