How Africans Shaped British Colonial Institutions: Evidence from Local Taxation

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How Africans Shaped British Colonial Institutions : Evidence from Local Taxation. / Bolt, Jutta; Gardner, Leigh.

In: Journal of Economic History, Vol. 80, No. 4, 2020, p. 1189-1223.

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T1 - How Africans Shaped British Colonial Institutions

T2 - Evidence from Local Taxation

AU - Bolt, Jutta

AU - Gardner, Leigh

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - The institutions that governed most of the rural population in British colonial Africa have been neglected in the literature on colonialism. We use new data on local governments, or "Native Authorities,"to present the first quantitative comparison of African institutions under indirect rule in four colonies in 1948: Nigeria, the Gold Coast, Nyasaland, and Kenya. Tax data show that Native Authorities' capacity varied within and between colonies, due to both underlying economic inequalities and African elites' relations with the colonial government. Our findings suggest that Africans had a bigger hand in shaping British colonial institutions than often acknowledged.

AB - The institutions that governed most of the rural population in British colonial Africa have been neglected in the literature on colonialism. We use new data on local governments, or "Native Authorities,"to present the first quantitative comparison of African institutions under indirect rule in four colonies in 1948: Nigeria, the Gold Coast, Nyasaland, and Kenya. Tax data show that Native Authorities' capacity varied within and between colonies, due to both underlying economic inequalities and African elites' relations with the colonial government. Our findings suggest that Africans had a bigger hand in shaping British colonial institutions than often acknowledged.

U2 - 10.1017/S0022050720000455

DO - 10.1017/S0022050720000455

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85095990749

VL - 80

SP - 1189

EP - 1223

JO - Journal of Economic History

JF - Journal of Economic History

SN - 0022-0507

IS - 4

ER -