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 examines the reason behind the successful state building and development of Botswana, a former British colony under indirect rule. It explains that a series of crises between 1948 and 1956 caused the breakdown of previous forms of colonial rule and created incentives for the construction of a larger and more centralized state. These events led to extensive state reforms in the 1950s which increased the state's legal-administrative effectiveness. The history of state building and development in Botswana demonstrates that independence was an important period during which critical institutional reforms could and did occur.

Keywords: Botswana; former British colony; indirect rule; state building; development; state reforms; independence; legal-administrative effectiveness

Chapter.  11369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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