Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
African Successes, Volume IGovernment and Institutions$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226316222

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226316369.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 16 May 2022

Volume Introduction

Volume Introduction

(p.5) Volume Introduction
African Successes, Volume I

Sebastian Edwards

Simon Johnson

David N. Weil

University of Chicago Press

As colonial empires began to crumble in the decade after World War II, there were high expectations for growth in Africa south of the Sahara. Over the next three decades, Africa’s economic outcomes were, for the most part, profoundly disappointing. This volume, the first of four books resulting from our project, provides expert assessments regarding some of the basics of recent economic development in Africa: the rule of law, the extent of political stability, the role of foreign aid, and what happens after civil war. The papers here also take up key details of how the state operates, including actions and policies that are more or less conducive to economic development. Our authors also provide some longer-run assessments of the growth process. Based on this analysis, we believe Sub-Saharan Africa today has strong prospects for further development, even including potential convergence towards the income levels seen in today’s developed countries.

Keywords:   Africa, economic development, conflict, institutions, decentralization, autocracy, ethnic groups, governance, informal sector, corruption

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.