Protection from crime: what is on offer for Africans?

  title={Protection from crime: what is on offer for Africans?},
  author={Bruce E. Baker},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary African Studies},
  pages={165 - 188}
  • B. Baker
  • Published 2004
  • Economics
  • Journal of Contemporary African Studies
At independence many states in Africa anticipated a national police force that would provide universal, effective and just protection from crime and disorder. However, after 40 years of independence it has become apparent that African governments are not willing or able to provide the level of service they had promised. The explanation is partly financial, but it is also true that weak states often choose “regime stability and narrow sectional interests over public safety considerations” or at… Expand
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