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On the Ethnic Origins of African Development: Chiefs and Precolonial Political Centralization.

Acad Manag Perspect 2015 Feb;29(1):32-71

London Business School, Regent's Park, 1-26 Sussex Place, London NWl 4SA, United Kingdom. . Web: https://sites.google.com/site/papaioannouelias/

We report on recent findings of a fruitful research agenda that explores the importance of ethnic-specific traits in shaping African development. First, using recent surveys from Sub-Saharan African countries, we document that individuals identify with their ethnic group as often as with the nation pointing to the salience of ethnicity. Second, we focus on the various historical and contemporary functions of tribal leaders (chiefs) and illustrate their influence on various aspects of the economy and the polity. Read More

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February 2015
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