Jack Paine  •  Political Science  •  Emory University  •  jackpaine@emory.edu

Colonialism and Political Institutions


How did Western colonial rule influence political institutions during and after colonialism? Motivated by foundational theories of democratization and stability, I analyze the actions and legacies of various actors, in particular white settlers and British rule. I have collected extensive data on elections and other institutions under colonialism to understand the origins and evolution of political representation under colonial rule, varying decolonization experiences, and post-colonial legacies. In related ongoing research, I extend my analysis of colonial legacies beyond national-level electoral institutions to focus on bureaucratic development, drawing borders, and local Native Authority institutions.

 

Book


Colonial Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship  

(book manuscript with Alexander Lee) Cambridge University Press, forthcoming

INTRO CHAPTER   •   SLIDES 

Published


Endogenous Colonial Borders: Precolonial States and Geography in the Partition of Africa
(with Xiaoyan Qiu and Joan Ricart-HuguetAmerican Political Science Review, forthcoming


The Great Revenue Divergence
(with Alexander LeeInternational Organization, 2023, 77(2): 363–404.

JOURNAL LINK   •   APPENDIX    •   REPLICATION DATA    •   NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY


Democratic Contradictions in European Settler Colonies
World Politics, 2019, 71(3): 542–585.    

JOURNAL LINK   •   MAIN APPENDIX   •   CODING APPENDIX    •   REPLICATION DATA

Redistributive Political Transitions: Minority Rule and Liberation Wars in Colonial Africa
Journal of Politics, 2019, 81(2): 505–523.     JOURNAL LINK   •   APPENDIX    •   REPLICATION DATA

British Colonialism and Democracy: Divergent Inheritances and Diminishing Legacies
(with Alexander LeeJournal of Comparative Economics, 2019, 47(3): 487–503.
JOURNAL LINK   •   APPENDIX    •   REPLICATION DATA

What Were the Consequences of Decolonization? (with Alexander Lee)
International Studies Quarterly, 2019, 63(2): 406–416.      JOURNAL LINK   •   APPENDIX    •   REPLICATION DATA

In progress

African Political Institutions and the Impact of Colonialism  

(with Jutta BoltLeigh Gardner, Jennifer Kohler, and James Robinson) Under review

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