Quotation Seidler, Valentin. 2017. Institutional Copying in the 20th Century: The Role of 14,000 British Colonial Officers. Journal of Contextual Economics (Schmollers Jahrbuch). 137 (1-2), 93-120.




Did individual British officers determine the institutional development of former colonies? The article presents a new research program into institutional reform and economic development based on a new dataset of 14,000 biographical entries of senior colonial officers in 54 British colonies between 1939 and 1966. The rich data permit a new methodological approach towards the question of how institutions are copied into countries. It puts a radical focus on the individual actors involved in the institutional reforms before independence. The article discusses fundamental information on the British colonial service and presents preliminary analyses from within the new research agenda. This publication has been financed by Austrian Science Fund (FWF J3848-G28).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Contextual Economics (Schmollers Jahrbuch)
Language English
Title Institutional Copying in the 20th Century: The Role of 14,000 British Colonial Officers
Volume 137
Number 1-2
Year 2017
Page from 93
Page to 120
Reviewed? Y
URL https://elibrary.duncker-humblot.com/zeitschriften/id/24/vol/137/iss/1789/art/8051/
DOI https://doi.org/10.3790/schm.137.1-2.93
Open Access N
JEL B52, H83, N40, O43, O17, O19, P48


Seidler, Valentin (Details)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5340 Economic history (Details)
5371 Macroeconomics (Details)
5962 Development cooperation (Details)
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