The Political Economy of Imperialism, Decolonization and Development

  title={The Political Economy of Imperialism, Decolonization and Development},
  author={Dominic Rohner},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={525 - 556}
  • D. Rohner
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Economics, History
  • British Journal of Political Science
Nations have historically sought power and prosperity through control of physical space. In recent decades, however, this has largely ceased. Most states that could do so appear relucant, while the weak cannot expand. This article presents a theory of imperialism and decolonization that explains both historic cycles of expansion and decline and the collective demise of the urge to colonize. Technological shocks enable expansion, while rising labour costs and the dynamics of military technology… 
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