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The Political Economy of Imperialism, Deconolization and Development

Gartzke, Erik and Rohner, Dominic (2011) 'The Political Economy of Imperialism, Deconolization and Development.' British Journal of Political Science, 41 (3). pp. 525-555. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

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 gradually dilute imperial advantage. Simultaneously, economic development leads to a secular decline in payoffs for appropriating land, minerals and capital. Once conquest no longer pays great powers, the systemic imperative to integrate production vertically also becomes archaic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 09:52
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2013 09:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7034

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