British Colonialism and Developmental Legacies
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.
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