About the Author
Andrew Coulson has a degree in economics and a PhD from Cambridge. Previously he has been an ODI Fellow in the planning unit of the Ministry of Agriculture in Dar es Salaam and taught development economics and agricultural economics at the University of Dar es Salaam. In 1976 he became a lecturer, and subsequently senior lecturer at the University of Bradford. In 1982 he became an economic development officer for Sheffield City Council. In 1984 he became lecturer in Local Government Finance at the Institute of Local Government Studies in the University of Birmingham. Between 1990 and 2004 he was an elected councillor in Birmingham. He is a member of the committee of the Britain Tanzania Society, and the Tanzania Development Trust. His publications include 'African Socialism in Practice' (Spokesman Books, 1979) and 'Trust and Contracts: Relationships in Local Government, Health and the Public Services' (1988, Policy Press) and he has written recently on 'Nyerere's socialism and its limits'.