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Exogenous political institutions? Constitutional choice in post-independence Francophone sub-Saharan Africa
Elgie, Robert
The study of the effects of institutions suffers from a potential endogeneity problem. This article proposes a strategy for addressing this problem by estimating the motivations for institutional choice directly. It identifies the motivations behind the wording of post-independence constitutions in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. We find that constitutional wording in these countries has been motivated by the strength of ties with France. However, contrary to standard narratives, domestic political preferences have also been influential. By estimating the motivations for institutional choice directly, we are better placed to draw conclusions about the independent effect of institutions in this region.
Keyword(s): Political science; Institutions; Constitutional choice; Endogeneity; France Neocolonialism; Sub-Saharan Africa
Publication Date:
2012
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Elgie, Robert ORCID: 0000-0001-5334-4796 <https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5334-4796> (2012) Exogenous political institutions? Constitutional choice in post-independence Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. Political Research Quarterly, 65 (4). pp. 771-783. ISSN 1938-274X
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/20742/1/Endogenous_French_model_PRQ_revised.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1065912911424288
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