Matthew Lange

in Lineages of Despotism and Development

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226470689
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470702 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the contents of this volume, which is about the developmental legacies of British colonialism. It evaluates the long-term impact of British rule on several former colonies including Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Guyana and Botswana. This chapter suggests that direct rule had a much more positive effect on broad-based development than indirect rule and provides evidence that the form of colonial rule helps explain much of the variance in postcolonial development among former British colonies. It also explains the three institutional differences that caused directly ruled British colonies to have greater legal administrative capacities and thereby superior developmental records.

Keywords: British colonialism; developmental legacies; British rule; former colonies; Mauritius; Sierra Leone; Guyana; Botswana; direct rule; postcolonial development

Chapter.  6522 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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