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 chapter analyzes the case of Mauritius, a former directly ruled British colony. It investigates the determinants of Mauritian development in order to identify the mechanisms that link direct colonial rule and development, thereby shedding light on whether or not the relationship between the two is causal. This chapter describes how the relatively bureaucratic, infrastructurally powerful and inclusive state made possible broad-based development during late colonialism and after independence and provides evidence that direct rule caused these state characteristics.

Keywords: Mauritius; former British colony; direct rule; inclusive state; bureaucratic state; independence; development

Chapter.  9231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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