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Long-term dynamics of the state in francophone West Africa : Fiscal capacity pathways 1850–2010

Andersson, Jens LU (2016) In Economic History of Developing Regions 32(1). p.37-70
Abstract
This study identifies and analyses common and country-specific patterns in the evolution of the state in francophone West Africa through a detailed comparison of long-term fiscal capacity between Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Senegal. The study finds common patterns of long-term growth in fiscal capacity in the four countries since the early colonial period, which is indicative of a process of long-term economic development. It also finds significant differences in the historical fiscal pathways between the individual countries in spite of geographic proximity and common colonial heritage, which can be explained by country specific variation in economic and political context and in particular the prospects of key export commodities.... (More)
This study identifies and analyses common and country-specific patterns in the evolution of the state in francophone West Africa through a detailed comparison of long-term fiscal capacity between Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Senegal. The study finds common patterns of long-term growth in fiscal capacity in the four countries since the early colonial period, which is indicative of a process of long-term economic development. It also finds significant differences in the historical fiscal pathways between the individual countries in spite of geographic proximity and common colonial heritage, which can be explained by country specific variation in economic and political context and in particular the prospects of key export commodities. These differences provide reasons to be cautious about generalizations about the history of the ‘African state’ and its capacity. (Less)
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Economic History of Developing Regions
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Taylor & Francis
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2078-0397
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10.1080/20780389.2016.1261630
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  author       = {Andersson, Jens},
  issn         = {2078-0397},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {37--70},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Economic History of Developing Regions},
  title        = {Long-term dynamics of the state in francophone West Africa : Fiscal capacity pathways 1850–2010},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20780389.2016.1261630},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2016},
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