Explaining divergence in the long-term effects of precolonial centralization on access to public infrastructure services in Nigeria

World Development Vol/Iss. 121 Elsevier Amsterdam Published In Pages: 123-140
By Archibong, Belinda


This study investigates previous findings that indicate precolonial centralization was beneficial for development in Africa. Using new survey data from public primary schools, the author shows that the failure of leaders of centralized regions to comply with federal regimes was punished with underinvestment in public infrastructure services, hindering development and limiting access to these services in recent populations. The author proposes that the extent to which precolonial centralization was beneficial for development in Africa is mediated by compliance of the local governing bodies with federal regimes.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Other researchersPrecolonial centralization in Nigeria
Afrobarometer SurveyCombinationTrust in federal institutions in Nigeria
Nigerian government survey of schools and health facilitiesOther researchersPublic primary schools in Nigeria

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