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States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey I. Herbst: A Review Essay

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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

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/002205102320161357

Affiliations: Department of Political Science and Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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