The Comparative Politics of Colonialism and Its Legacies: An Introduction*

  title={The Comparative Politics of Colonialism and Its Legacies: An Introduction*},
  author={Alexander De Juan and Jan Henryk Pierskalla},
  journal={Politics \& Society},
  pages={159 - 172}
What are the causes and consequences of colonial rule? This introduction to the special issue “Comparative Politics of Colonialism and Its Legacies” surveys recent literature in political science, sociology, and economics that addresses colonial state building and colonial legacies. Past research has made important contributions to our understanding of colonialism’s long-term effects on political, social, and economic development. Existing work emphasizes the role of critical junctures and… Expand
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