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Carl LeVan Book Discussion

Dictators and Democracy in African Development

The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria

Carl LeVan

Date: Wednesday, January 14
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
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What are the conditions for good governance in Africa, and why do many democracies struggle with persistent poverty? Drawing on a study of Nigeria since independence, LeVan's new book challenges conventional explanations for government performance. Using veto players theory, he links the political structure of the policy process to divergent outcomes across two broad categories of public policy. This generates a dilemma with important implications for African countries struggling with institutional trade-offs presented by different regimes. 

Special guests include:
Congressman John Conyers
and former U.S. Ambassadors to Nigeria:

Princeton Lyman, U.S. Institute of Peace
John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations
Robin Sanders, FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative
Howard Jeter, Principal at Four Ways Enterprises


Books will be available for purchase.