Does Democratic Transition in Africa Enhance Economic Performance? The Case of Togo

24 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008 Last revised: 23 Sep 2018

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Dirk Kohnert

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs

Date Written: August 7, 2008

Abstract

Many authors assert that political reforms, notably the introduction of competitive electoral politics have positive effects on economic growth and the livelihood of the people. Western donors considered Togo as a model case to test despotic African regimes’ propensity to change towards democratization and economic prosperity. The parliamentary elections of October 2007, the first free Togolese elections since decades, were meant to correct at least partially the rigged presidential elections of 2005. Yet, in the light of past experience, it is open to question, whether Togo’s economic consolidation is due to the democratization of its institutions or to the improved external environment, notably the growing competition between global players for African natural resources. Empirical findings on the linkage between democratization and economic performance are challenged in this paper because of its basic data deficiencies

Keywords: democratization, governance, economic growth, development, LDCs, Togo, West Africa, African Studies

JEL Classification: D72, H11, P16, P47, O17, N47, O55

Suggested Citation

Kohnert, Dirk, Does Democratic Transition in Africa Enhance Economic Performance? The Case of Togo (August 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1210865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1210865

Dirk Kohnert (Contact Author)

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs ( email )

German Inst. of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
D-20354 Hamburg
Germany

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