Update #2

As the project progressed, my central thesis coalesced into the concept of a concessions dilemma. My paper will introduce the concept of a concessions dilemma through an analysis of Liberian concessions-based development and demonstrate how effective government oversight and responsible corporate governance, paradoxically, has the potential to fundamentally undermine the integrity and legitimacy of a weak state.  A […]

Update #1

My initial plans for my research project took a detour in early July when an AidData working paper came to my attention that had significant overlap with my initial project design. This occurred far into my research portion and required some substantial changes to my project and threw my blog posting schedule out of order; […]

Abstract-An Analysis of the Impacts of Land Concessions Contracts on Efforts to Build Government Reach and Legitimacy in Weak States

This research project seeks to examine the practice of the land and resource concession based development through an in depth analysis of Liberian concessions. However, in order to get a more balanced perspective some other west African countries will be included as case studies. The first segment of the project will use case studies to […]