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Nissanke, Machiko (2017) 'A Quest for Institutional Foundations towards Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.' In: Nissanke, Machiko, (ed.), Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 293-332.

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The chapter explores the paths towards institutional foundations for inclusive development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After introducing institutional configurations as a system of multiple equilibria, it presents a critical review of the thesis proposed by Acemoglu and Robinson (2012), in which the concepts of extractive versus inclusive economic and political institutions are used to account for the differences in poverty and prosperity among nations. In contrast with their thesis, the chapter discusses the concept of endogenous institutions and institutional changes, advanced by Greif (2006) and Aoki (2001, 2007) in their comparative institutional analyses, as a basis for laying institutional foundations for inclusive development on a self-sustainable basis. The chapter next examines how institutional configurations have been shaped in SSA under influences of both domestic and external conditions, which has given rise to an institutional trap that is detrimental to inclusive development through a loop of negative feedbacks in public–private interfaces. To overcome this, we call for a strong coalition between governments and stakeholders, as a social contract embedded in the taxation–public goods provision nexus.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: institutions, institutional changes, inclusive development, public–private interfaces, economic development in Africa
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9780198797692
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 12:29
Related URLs: http://www.oxfo ... f-9780198797692

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