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Lineages of Despotism and Development: British Colonialism and State Power Hardcover – Jun 1 2009

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historical institutionalism at its best Feb. 10 2010
By M Everest-phillips - Published on
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A fascinating multi-dimensional account of different historical trajectories of development based on the legacy of colonial direct or indirect rule, but also showing that colonialism was not all - immediate post-colonial difference also mattered.

Its important findings raise a key developmental challenge that it was effective destruction of local 'traditional' patterns of governance that often proved decisive in escaping elite capture and triggering long-term sustainable economic growth. Naiveté therefore about optimistic expectations for empowering local patterns of governance may therefore not help pro-poor developemnt outcomes.