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Robert Bates

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Robert Bates is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University, where he has studied and provided consulting assistance in the areas of governmental reform, economic policy reform, and political economy in many countries throughout the world. Bates was recently named a Peter and Frances Duignan Fellow at the Hoover Institution, delivering the lecture "Africa's First 50 Years of Independence: When Things Fall Apart."

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Robert Bates on failing states in Africa after independence

with Robert Bates, Peter J. Duignanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Professor Robert Bates explores with Hoover senior fellow Peter Duignan the harsh reality of failed and failing states in Africa after independence. Bates outlines some of the key policy failures at work during the transition from colonial rule and explains how more recent democratization efforts have typically resulted in highly authoritarian and abusive regimes. Despite the risks associated with foreign aid, there is hope that the economic and political climate of Africa can improve with new funding strategies and free trade initiatives.