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Introducing Race as a Variable into the Political Economy of Kenya Debate: An Incendiary Idea

by Michael Chege

Jan 1, 1998

This article examines the increasingly popular rediscovery of race and culture as determinants of entrepreneurship in Kenya. To distinguish genuine economic knowledge from the tendentious race-and culture-based arguments which have now resumed a prominent role in comparative development studies, it advocates a return to the fundamental rules that govern the formulation of tenable hypotheses, and the empirical proof of cause-effect propositions.