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This chapter distills the central lessons from the positive analysis for the normative task of rebuilding a postcolonial state that is capable, legitimate, bound by the rule of law, and subject to accountability mechanisms that resonate with enduring African core values. There is much to preserve from the colonial and postcolonial legacies, but there is also much room for new ideas and institutions. One lesson is the need to ensure secure property (especially land) rights to families and corporate groups. Another is decentralized self-governance either in a unitary form or a federal form. A third is the anchoring of state revenues, the types of taxes collected from citizens as well as resource rent from the domestic economy, to cement the nexus between public financing and government accountability to citizens.
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