25 January 2011

2 Lessons from Tunisia

First, the west is wrong to think of old dictators as useful allies.

our second lesson is that  leaders of extraordinary tenure are rarely good for their own countries.

In sum, little good comes from allowing a president to remain in power much longer than a decade.  That is why I have long argued that the imposition of presidential term limits is perhaps the single most important measure to improve the governance and economic performance of developing countries.

Nicholas van de Walle, who I believe is probably one of the foremost Africanist political scientists


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