Indirect Rule and State Weakness in Africa : Sierra Leone in Comparative Perspective

  title={Indirect Rule and State Weakness in Africa : Sierra Leone in Comparative Perspective},
  author={Daron Acemoglu and Isa{\'i}as N. Chaves and Philip Osafo-Kwaako and James A. Robinson},
A fundamental problem for economic development is that most poor countries have ‘weak states’which are incapable or unwilling to provide basic public goods such as law enforcement, order, education and infrastructure. In Africa this is often attributed to the persistence of ‘indirect rule’ from the colonial period. In this paper we discuss the ways in which a state constructed on the basis of indirect rule is weak and the mechanisms via which this has persisted since independence in Sierra… CONTINUE READING

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