State Disengagement: Evidence from Former French West Africa

@article{McAlexander2020StateDE,
  title={State Disengagement: Evidence from Former French West Africa},
  author={Richard J. McAlexander and Joan Ricart-Huguet},
  journal={Conflict Studies: Intra-State Conflict eJournal},
  year={2020}
}
How do states respond to political resistance? The standard repression or concession logic presumes that the state is strong enough to punish or co-opt dissent effectively. Instead, we argue that the state may disengage when it is weak. We show that colonial governments in French West Africa reduced public investments in districts where chiefs engaged in largely non-violent disobedience. However, we also show that chieftain disobedience reduced government taxes and fees on Africans, rather than… Expand
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