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I got interested into this question and did a very rough calculation of the correlation between the Regional Authority Index (http://garymarks.web.unc.edu/data/regional-authority/) and the GDP per Capita for a convenience sample of 69 countries. It turned out that the Pearson correlation between Regional Authority (i.e., federalism) and GDP per capita is ...


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Malawi had and has stronger political, economic, historical, and geographical connections with Southern Africa than with East Africa. Being less connected to the states of East Africa means there is less incentive to join a federation, in which they would likely be a marginal player. For instance, Malawi had close connections with Apartheid South Africa, ...


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This is just a small addition to Fizz's very good answer above. The countries of the EAF are highly compatible because they speak related languages with a great deal of overlap, and they have very similar terrains and climates, which leads to a high degree of cultural contact and similarity. Somalia would very much be the odd man out in these regards. ...


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