Research Handbook on Democracy and Development
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Research Handbook on Democracy and Development

Edited by Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai

Exploring and updating the controversial debates about the relationship between democracy and development, this Research Handbook provides clarification on the complex and nuanced interlinkages between political regime type and socio-economic development. Distinguished scholars examine a broad range of issues from multidisciplinary perspectives across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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Chapter 8: Democracy and growth in Africa

Michael T. Rock and Marc Howard Ross

Abstract

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have experienced a growth revival and substantial democratization. This raises the question, has democracy increased growth in Africa? We test this hypothesis with four different measures of democracy and do not find any strong and robust empirical support for a democracy causes growth story in Africa, but it has not slowed growth either.

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