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Achieving Development SuccessStrategies and Lessons from the Developing World$
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Augustin K. Fosu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671557.001.0001

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Botswana as a Role Model for Country Success

Botswana as a Role Model for Country Success

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(p.186) (p.187) 10 Botswana as a Role Model for Country Success
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Achieving Development Success
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James A. Robinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671557.003.0010

This chapter argues that the economic success of Botswana can be explained by the historical development of its institutions which is related to the trajectory of the Tswana states over the past 200 years. These institutions created a much more stable and accountable government than elsewhere in Africa after independence, with the desire and incentive to adopt good economic policies. There are two main lessons from this experience. The first is how successful an African economy can become using simple orthodox well-understood policies. The second is that successful development in Africa will be helped by a focus on the development of state institutions. There are many lessons for other African countries from these policy choices.

Keywords:   Botswana, Africa, economic policy, governance, independence

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