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What Is the Point of Schooling? The Politics of Education Policy in Tanzania Since 1961
April 21, 2022
Education is one of the most important public goods provided by modern governments. Yet governments worldwide seldom perform well in the sector. This raises the question: Why do governments preside over poor education quality? This paper answers this question with evidence from Tanzania.
Multilateral Trade Agreements Should Constitute the Cornerstone of Biden’s US-Africa Policy
June 01, 2021
The ongoing negotiations over a US-Kenya trade agreement embody the contradictions and likely pitfalls in the Biden Administration's Africa policy. Despite assurances from its promoters, the potential agreement remains unpopular in African states. Many observers view such a deal as potentially ...
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Africa Beyond COVID-19
June 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe economic consequences across Africa. Even as, Africa is still in the middle of the outbreak, some have started to look at what recovery might look like beyond the pandemic. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is on course to contract by 2.8% in 2020, the deepest contrac...
Autocratic Origins of Democratic Institutions in Kenya and Zambia
January 15, 2016
Under what conditions can electoral politics lead to the emergence of strong legislatures? An underlying assumption in much of the literature on democratization and democratic consolidation is that electoral competition strengthens both vertical and horizontal accountability. Yet the spread of multi...