A Statistical Analysis of British Colonial Legacies

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:
A Statistical Analysis of British Colonial Legacies

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This chapter examines the relationship between the form of British rule and several measures of postcolonial development and analyzes British colonial legacies. It provides an empirical analysis of the divergent developmental trajectories among former British colonies through a cross-national statistical analysis. This chapter evaluates three hypotheses of uneven development among former British colonies. These are the colonial, pre-colonial and postcolonial hypotheses. the statistical analysis provides strong and consistent evidence that the different state institutional legacies of British colonialism account for much of the variation in postcolonial development.

Keywords: British rule; colonial legacies; statistical analysis; uneven development; hypotheses; state institutional legacies; postcolonial development; British colonialism; former British colonies

Chapter.  7357 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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