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Lineages of Despotism and DevelopmentBritish Colonialism and State Power$
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Matthew Lange

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226470689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470702.001.0001

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British Colonialism and Developmental Legacies

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Lineages of Despotism and Development

Matthew Lange

University of Chicago Press

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

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