Working Papers

  • Loyalty and Resistance in Nationalist Times: The Causal Role of Imperial Magna Cartas

Variation in agrarian policy across the provinces of colonial India helps explain why nationalist movements were able to mobilize rural populations in some regions while failing to do so in others.

  • Divide and Rule? Separating Wheat from Chaff in Colonial South Asia

This paper challenges the common belief that divide-and-rule was a cornerstone of British colonial policy in India.

  • On the Determinants of Colonial Institutions: Evidence from the British Empire

A shift in the colonial administrators’ perceptions of native society from assimilable to irredeemable best explains the shift from direct to indirect rule in the British Empire.