Indirect Rule and Despotism
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.
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