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Lineages of Despotism and Development: British Colonialism and State Power

Matthew Lange


Traditionally, social scientists have assumed that past imperialism hinders the future development prospects of colonized nations. Challenging this widespread belief, this book argues that countries once under direct British imperial control have developed more successfully than those that were ruled indirectly. Combining statistical analysis with in-depth case studies of former British colonies, it argues that direct rule promoted cogent and coherent states with high levels of bureaucratization and inclusiveness, which contributed to implementing development policy during late colonialism and ... More

Keywords: despotism, imperialism, development, colonized nations, British imperial control, former British colonies, direct rule, bureaucratization, inclusiveness, development policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226470689
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Lange, author