Sierra Leone

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:
Sierra Leone

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This chapter analyze the determinants of the poor development record of Sierra Leone, a former indirectly ruled British colony. The analysis reveals that indirect rule institutionalized an ineffective and despotic state which reinforced Sierra Leone's poor developmental trajectory both during and after colonialism. The case of Sierra Leone provides evidence that despotism and limited state capacity are legacies of indirect rule and which influenced the negative relationship between indirect colonial rule and postcolonial development.

Keywords: Sierra Leone; former British colony; indirect rule; despotic state; postcolonial development; despotism

Chapter.  8946 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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