The Autocratic Legacy of Early Statehood

  title={The Autocratic Legacy of Early Statehood},
  author={J. Hariri},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={471 - 494}
  • J. Hariri
  • Published 2012
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • This article documents that precolonial state development was an impediment to the development of democracy outside Europe, because indigenous state institutions constrained the European colonial endeavor and limited the diffusion of European institutions and ideas. Some countries were strong enough to resist colonization; others had enough state infrastructure that the colonizers would rule through existing institutions. Neither group therefore experienced institutional transplantation or… CONTINUE READING
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