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The value of democracy in the world’s poorest region: evidence from Kenya’s road building

Morjaria, Ameet (2014) The value of democracy in the world’s poorest region: evidence from Kenya’s road building. International Growth Centre Blog (18 Feb 2014). Website.

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Just how significant is ethnic favouritism in Africa? It’s a common aspect of Africa’s perception and many of the continents ills have been blamed on it. Yet, it has been quite difficult to find concrete evidence of this behaviour. So how much does it actually exist and what are the effects? We look at the case of Kenya and find strong empirical evidence of ethnic favouritism but, during periods of democracy, our measures of favouritism disappear entirely. Africa’s recent improved economic performance may be due, then, to democracy placing greater constraints on the executive which in turn limits ethnic favouritism.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: International Growth Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Sets: Research centres and groups > International Growth Centre (IGC)
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 10:08
Last Modified: 30 May 2020 23:28

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