Political Science & International Relations Seminar Series
“The Legacies of Extractive Institutions”
Abstarct: Extractive imperialism is among the most cited factors for the underdevelopment of former colonies. Colonial legacies often imply weak institutions including insecure property rights, lack of political participation, and under-provision of public goods. I argue that the intensity of imperial investment, the transformation and/or reorganization of local societies, and the use of coercion are key determinants in shaping these developmental legacies. To illustrate the argument, I use a unique form of imperialism. The Habsburg Empire maintained for centuries military colonies along its southern border, where local populations provided military service in exchange for land. Using a geographic regression discontinuity design, I show that municipalities in modern-day Croatia within the former military colony have had less access to public goods, lower interpersonal trust, and weaker trust in formal institutions.
December 16, 2021, 12.40 PM
Meeting ID: 923 8342 5957