How Africans Shaped British Colonial Institutions: Evidence from Local Taxation

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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.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Groningen
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Stellenbosch University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Ekonomisk historia
Sidor (från-till)1189-1223
TidskriftJournal of Economic History
Utgåva nummer4
StatusPublished - 2020
Peer review utfördJa