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    That’s what economist Benjamin Powell is doing at the Freeman, where he notes that Western observers who refer to Somalia’s “failed state” status generally overlook the importance of Xeer, the customary law system that holds clan-based society together none too badly. As for piracy? Although they are a concern, this is not merely a symptom […]

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    John Styles, via Chris Blattman: About a week after the earthquake, economist Tyler Cowen wrote that Obama looked like the “Haiti president”: Obama will (and should) do something about this situation … Yet he will have a festering situation on his hands for the rest of his term … Obama now stands a higher chance […]

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  • 12/01/11--06:53: The End of the Local
  • Given that some recent posts have dealt with the contrast between central and local control over violence, this from Jason Sorens is interesting: In 1927, local revenue decentralization (LRD) still stood at 73%, nearly twice the level it is today. By 1932, near the nadir of the Depression, that had fallen to 68%. Under “that […]