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Law, Democracy and the Quality of Government in Africa

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

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This paper examines the big questions of African comparative politics. It assesses the interaction of three crucial components in the development of the continent: law, democracy and quality of government. Political regimes of democracy, polity and autocracy are instrumented with income-levels, legal-origins, religious-dominations and press-freedom levels to account for government quality dynamics of corruption-control, government-effectiveness, voice and accountability, political-stability, regulation quality and rule of law. Findings indicate democracy has an edge over autocracy while the later and polity overlap. A democracy that takes into account only the voice of the majority is better in government quality than autocracy, while a democracy that takes into account the voice of the minority (polity) is worse in government quality than autocracy. As a policy implication, democracy once initiated should be accelerated to edge the appeals of authoritarian regimes and reap the benefits of time and level hypotheses.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 11/018.

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Date of creation: 20 Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:11/018

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Keywords: Law; Politics; Democracy; Government Policy; Development;

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