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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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The Developmental Legacies of British Colonialism

The Developmental Legacies of British Colonialism

A State-Centered Framework for Analysis

(p.21) 2 The Developmental Legacies of British Colonialism
Lineages of Despotism and Development

Matthew Lange

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the possibility of British colonial state legacies through empirical and theoretical discussions. It reviews the rise and fall of the British Empire and compares the two general systems of colonial control employed by the British: direct and indirect rule. This chapter suggests that direct rule promoted state bureaucratization, infrastructural power and inclusiveness to a greater extent than indirect rule and thereby had more positive effects on development.

Keywords:   colonial control, British Empire, direct rule, indirect rule, state bureaucratization, infrastructural power, inclusiveness, development, British Colonialism

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