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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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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Indirect Rule and Despotism

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Lineages of Despotism and Development

Matthew Lange

University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, former British colony, indirect rule, despotic state, postcolonial development, despotism

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