Found 7 article(s) for author 'Robert H. Bates'

Political institutions and economic growth in Africa’s ‘Renaissance’

Political institutions and economic growth in Africa’s ‘Renaissance’. Robert H. Bates, October 11, 2017, Paper, “In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, many African states replaced authoritarian political regimes with competitive electoral systems; the economies of many also began to grow, some for the first time in decades. We argue that democratic reform led to economic growth, as did Acemoglu, Naidu, Restrepo and Robinson in an earlier paper. Our approach differs from theirs in that while we to seek to identify a causal relationship between democracy and development, we build our analysis around the qualitative accounts of regional specialists and the reasoning of political economists. Where others test for the existence of a causal account, we test for the existence of specific casual mechanisms.Link

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Politics, Academics, and Africa

Politics, Academics, and Africa. Robert Bates, 2017, Paper, “The roots of my fascination with politics and Africa run deep; so too does my need for clarity. The combination drove me into the professoriate. My research in Africa convinced me that modernization theory was wrong: The people I came to know in the field were sophisticated in their politics. Additional research convinced me that market-oriented approaches to political economy were wrong and that government intervention could lead to increases in productivity and welfare. Because neoclassical approaches are flexible, I continue to think in terms of strategy and choice and to apply them to the study of development.Link

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The Political Origins of Africa’s Economic Revival

The Political Origins of Africa’s Economic Revival. Robert Bates, 2015, Book Chapter. “Writing in the 1990s, William Easterly and Ross Levine (1997) famously labeled Africa a “growth tragedy.” Less than 20 years later, Alwyn Young (2012) noted Africa’s “growth miracle,” and Steven Radelet (2010) less effusively pointed to an Africa that was “emerging” and noted the continent’s rising rate of economic growth, improving levels of education and health care, and increasing levels of investment in basic infrastructure: roads, ports, and transport. In this paper we address Africa’s economic revival. In doing so, we also stress the political changes that have taken place on the continent.Link

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Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective

Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective. Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn, James Robinson, August 2014, Book. “This edited volume addresses the root causes of Africa’s persistent poverty through an investigation of its longue durée history. It interrogates the African past through disease and demography, institutions and governance, African economies and the impact of the export slave trade, colonialism, Africa in the world economy, and culture’s influence on accumulation and investment. Several of the chapters take a comparative perspective, placing Africa’s developments aside other global patterns…” May require purchase or user account. Link

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The New Institutionalism. The Work of Douglas North

The New Institutionalism. The Work of Douglas North. Robert H. Bates, April 2014, Book Chapter. “Whether in the guise of formal theory (e.g. Persson and Tabellini 2000) or empirical research (e.g. Acemoglu, Robsinson et al. 2001), in the study of political economy, “institutions rule” (Rodrik, Subramanian et al. 2002). If anyone can lay claim to the being the founder of he new institutionalism, it would be Douglass North. In this paper, I attempt to account for the reception accorded North’s work…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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The New Institutionalism and Africa

The New Institutionalism and Africa. Robert H. Bates, July 30, 2013, Paper. “After briefly reviewing the new institutionalism, this article uses the history of political reform in Africa to test its key tenet: that power, if properly organized, is a productive resource. It does so by exploring the relationship between changes in political institutions and changes in economic performance, both at the macro- and the micro- level. The evidence indicates that political reform (Granger) causes increases in GDP per capita in the African subset of global data…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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Revisiting African Agriculture: Institutional Change and Productivity Growth

Revisiting African Agriculture: Institutional Change and Productivity Growth. Robert H. Bates, April 2013, Paper. “Africa is largely agrarian, and the performance of agriculture shapes the performance of its economies. It has long been argued that economic development in Africa is strongly conditioned by politics. Recent changes in Africa’s political systems enables us to test this argument and, by extension, broader claims about the impact of political institutions on economic development…” Link Verified October 12, 2014

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