Law, Democracy and the Quality of Government in Africa

African Governance and Development Institute WP/11/018

30 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: December 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the big questions of African comparative politics. It assesses the interaction of three crucial components in the development of the continent: law, democracy and quality of government. Political regimes of democracy, polity and autocracy are instrumented with income-levels, legal-origins, religious-dominations and press-freedom levels to account for government quality dynamics of corruption-control, government-effectiveness, voice and accountability, political-stability, regulation quality and rule of law. Findings indicate democracy has an edge over autocracy while the later and polity overlap. A democracy that takes into account only the voice of the majority is better in government quality than autocracy, while a democracy that takes into account the voice of the minority (polity) is worse in government quality than autocracy. As a policy implication, democracy once initiated should be accelerated to edge the appeals of authoritarian regimes and reap the benefits of time and level hypotheses.

Keywords: Law; Politics; Democracy; Government Policy; Development

JEL Classification: K00; O10; P16; P43; P50

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice, Law, Democracy and the Quality of Government in Africa (December 1, 2011). African Governance and Development Institute WP/11/018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493175

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

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Cameroon

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