Colonial Legacy and Institutional Development: The Cases of Botswana and Nigeria

Seidler, Valentin (2011) Colonial Legacy and Institutional Development: The Cases of Botswana and Nigeria. Doctoral thesis, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.


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The thesis aims to contribute to the question of the origins of efficient institutional arrangements, which are regarded essential for economic development and long-term economic growth. In Africa most institutional frameworks were established under colonial rule and then persisted to a large extent. In this sense colonialism offers a "natural experiment" - a phase in which European institutions were transferred to African countries. The thesis investigates the influence of colonial rule on the institutional development of two countries and former British colonies: Botswana and Nigeria. It applies a theoretical model of institutional legitimacy based on the theoretic work of Douglass North and Oliver Williamson. The case studies' findings highlight the persistence of pre-colonial informal institutions grounded in cultural norms and beliefs of the local populations. In addition, pre-existing levels of urbanisation, constraints on political power and integration in colonial labour markets have been factors which influenced the transfer of European institutions. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Keywords: Instituional economics / economic history / colonialism / economic development / long-term economic growth / Botswana / Nigeria
Classification Codes: RVK QC 347, QG 720
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte
Depositing User: Valentin Stephan Seidler
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 13:22
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 13:35


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