Influences at Home

  • W. David McIntyre


IT would be wrong to assume that the policies which led to the three experiments in the tropical empire were made in the Colonial Office. However able and influential the Secretary of State might have been, and however expert was his staff of civil servants, the forces which moulded colonial policy came as much from outside the Office as from within. The Colonial Office was only the focal point where ideas from many sources were reconciled. At one extreme stood low-ranking, hard-pressed, often not very well qualified, officials who faced the mundane tasks of administration in the tropics; at the other, there was public opinion at home — vague, unpredictable, and usually in reality the opinion of a few interested parties or enthusiasts.


Pressure Group Gold Coast Colonial Policy Colonial System British Policy 
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© W. David McIntyre 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. David McIntyre
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  1. 1.University of CanterburyNew Zealand

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