States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey I. Herbst: A Review Essay
Robinson, James A. 2002. "States and Power in Africa by Jeffrey I. Herbst: A Review Essay."
The Journal of Economic Literature,
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.
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Robinson, James A. (Department of Political Science and Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley)