States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey I. Herbst: A Review Essay
Abstract:Herbst argues that Africa is plagued by "state failure" to provide certain public goods in society, such as law and order, defense, contract enforcement, and infrastructure. Herbst has provided a bold, historically informed theoretical analysis, essential reading for economists interested in comparative institutions and development.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Political Science and Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Publication date: June 1, 2002
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