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Vol 51 No 20

Published 8th October 2010

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Island states with small populations are among the best run; many of the bigger countries are getting richer but more oppressive

The latest Index of African Governance from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation does not explain whether African economies are doing better in spite of or because of more authoritarian, head-cracking and vote-stealing regimes on the continent. Certainly, Africa's performance, as measured by the Index, flies in the face of Western claims that more liberal pro-market economic policies will encourage more liberal and democratic governments.

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