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The struggle for Africa

Jacob Zuma may force Africa to become more democratic. But will this lead to greater prosperity?

By Paul Collier   October 2008

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Richard Dowden closed his article on African politics ( Prospect, September) with the sentiment: “it could hardly be worse.” Even since he wrote, however, there have been two major changes. In Zimbabwe, Mugabe has made the sort of precarious deal that Dowden favours. In South Africa, which Dowden regards as the only African country to have evolved an appropriate political culture, Jacob Zuma has won the power struggle against Mbeki, who was forced to resign after the courts stopped the Zuma corruption trial. Are these events further setbacks, or…

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