INSTITUTIONAL ORIGINS OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT: Local governments provide link between pre-colonial states and current economic performance
- 28 Mar 2015
Local governments during the colonial period provide a direct link between pre-colonial states and current patterns of economic development, according to research by Leigh Gardner and Jutta Bolt to be presented at the Economic History Society’s annual conference. This is particularly true in countries where greater power over public resources was delegated to local officials early in the colonial period. This finding not only helps explain differences between African countries, but also inequalities in development outcomes within countries.