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Title:Collier on war & peace: statistics in command
Author:Lawrence, PeterISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Africa
About person:Paul CollierISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240701340498
Abstract:Paul Collier, the first and current director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, is an authoritative voice on African economic development. In 2006, he gave the annual public lecture of the UK Royal Economic Society. The present author first gives an account of this lecture - entitled 'War and peace in Africa'- and then raises some critical questions about Collier's methodology and conclusions. Collier argues that Africa has three major problems: the high risk of civil war and high level of insecurity; the failure of coastal resource-scarce countries to globalize; and the lack of a democracy incorporating strong checks and balances in resource-rich countries. He proposes three solutions: peacekeeping, trade policy reform and improvements in governance. The present author criticizes Collier's rigorous econometric techniques and argues that Collier's proposals can be seen as less a new start for Africa and more a new justification for an old imperialism. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]