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Title:Liberty and development in Africa
Authors:Vorhies, F.
Glahe, F.
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:Africa
civil and political rights
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1813-6982.1989.tb00198.x
Abstract:Is there an African pattern of political economy that is consistent with higher levels of economic development? This paper discusses this question through a cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between liberty (political rights and civil liberty) and development. Section 1 deals with development in Africa and presents data on per capita income (GNP), life expectancy (YRS) and infant survival rate (SUR). Section 2 examines the degree of civil liberty in Africa in conjunction with the political and economic systems in various countries. In section 3, three different regressions were run for the three indicators of development: GNP, SUR, and YRS. Section 4 compares the relationship between liberty and development in Africa to that in Europe. The final section proposes that Africans consider the successful European model for economic development. In particular, Africa should consider the importance of democracy for development. Bibliogr.