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Record number 478288
Title Metropolitan Blueprints of Colonial Taxation? Lessons from Fiscal Capacity Building in British and French Africa, c. 1880-1940
Author(s) Frankema, E.H.P.; Waijenburg, M.F.M. van
Source Journal of African History 55 (2014)3. - ISSN 0021-8537 - p. 371 - 400.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S002185371400036X
Department(s) Rural and Environmental History
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) sub-saharan africa - growth - education - colonization - institutions - government - legacies - origins - history - world
Abstract The historical and social science literature is divided about the importance of metropolitan blueprints of colonial rule for the development of colonial states. We exploit historical records of colonial state finances to explore the importance of metropolitan identity on the comparative development of fiscal institutions in British and French Africa. Taxes constituted the financial backbone of the colonial state and were vital to the state building efforts of colonial governments. A quantitative comparative perspective shows that pragmatic responses to varying local conditions can easily be mistaken for specific metropolitan blueprints of colonial governance and that under comparable local circumstances the French and British operated in remarkably similar ways.
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