Colonial Theories of Institutional Development

Toward a Model of Styles of Imperialism

  • Daniel Oto-Peralías
  • Diego Romero-Ávila

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 1-12
  3. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 13-26
  4. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 27-39
  5. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 41-52
  6. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 53-68
  7. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 69-92
  8. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 93-104
  9. Daniel Oto-Peralías, Diego Romero-Ávila
    Pages 113-115
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 117-146

About this book

Introduction

This book analyzes the role played by initial endowments and colonizer identity in seeking to explain institutional development in former colonies. It presents a model of two styles of imperialism that integrates the colonial origin and endowment views explaining current institutions. The authors argue that Great Britain and Portugal adopted an ‘economically-oriented’ style, which was pragmatic and sensitive to initial conditions. For this style of imperialism the endowment view is applicable. In contrast, France employed a ‘politically-oriented’ style of imperialism, in which ideological and political motivations were more present. This led to a uniform colonial policy that largely disregarded initial endowments. In turn, the case of Spain represents a hybrid of the two models. The empirical analysis presented here reveals a remarkable degree of heterogeneity in the relationship of endowments and colonizer identity with current institutions. 

Keywords

Colonialism Endowment View Colonial Origins Public Institutions Indirect Rule Imperialism Colonizer Identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Oto-Peralías
    • 1
  • Diego Romero-Ávila
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic HistoryPablo de Olavide UniversitySevilleSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54127-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54126-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54127-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7178
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