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Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson. Profile, €28. Reviewed by Dick O'Brien.
Why Nations Fail
When Botswana became independent in 1966, it didn't have much going for it. An underdeveloped backwater of the British Empire, it was one of the poorest countries on earth, with only 12 kilometres of paved roads, 22 university graduates and 100 secondary school graduates.
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