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ERIC Number: EJ900939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Measuring Government Effectiveness and Its Consequences for Social Welfare in Sub-Saharan African Countries
Sacks, Audrey; Levi, Margaret
Social Forces, v88 n5 p2325-2352 Jul 2010
We introduce a method for measuring effective government and modeling its consequences for social welfare at the individual level. Our focus is on the experiences of citizens living in African countries where famine remains a serious threat. If a government is effective, it will be able to deliver goods that individuals need to improve their social welfare. At a minimum, effective governments facilitate reliable access to food for its citizens. We assess this conception of effective government via a multi-level model from 17 sub-Saharan countries sampled in 2005 by Afrobarometer. We find that citizens who live in regions and in countries with a civil bureaucracy, reliable law enforcement and good infrastructure enjoy higher levels of food security than those who live in regions with weaker institutional penetration. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa