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Fondement historique de la qualité des institutions politiques: l’expérience parlementaire à l’indépendance

Joseph Keneck Massil

No 2015-29, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This paper proposes a new variable to explain contemporary democracy in Africa: parliamentary experience independence defined as the difference between the Parliament's date of birth and independence. In doing so, this study explores a potential transmission channel of the Acemoglu et al. (2001) thesis concerning the colonial origin of institutional quality. Taking into account this new variable leads to a negative relationship between the lack of parliamentary experience at the time of independence and the quality of democracy in a sample of 42 countries. By combining variables of the theory of modernity, historical, geographical and socio-cultural variables, we provides a robust evidence that the negative dynamic of the contemporary democracy in Africa is explained by the lack of parliamentary experience at the time of independence.

Keywords: parliament Ages; colonization; democracy; independence. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N40 P50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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