New Tools for the Analysis of Political Power in Africa

@inproceedings{Rainer2012NewTF,
  title={New Tools for the Analysis of Political Power in Africa},
  author={Ilia Rainer and Francesco Trebbi},
  year={2012}
}
The study of autocracies and weakly institutionalized countries is plagued by scarcity of information about the relative strength of different players within the political system. This paper presents novel data on the composition of government coalitions in a sample of fifteen post-colonial African countries suited to this task. We emphasize the role of the executive branch as the central fulcrum of all national political systems in our sample, especially relative to other institutional bodies… CONTINUE READING

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