A Not-so-dismal Science: A Broader View of Economies and Societies / Edition 1

A Not-so-dismal Science: A Broader View of Economies and Societies / Edition 1

by Mancur Olson, Satu Kahkonen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198294905

ISBN-13: 9780198294900

Pub. Date: 03/16/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The influence of economic thinking in other social sciences is bringing about a theoretical integration of all the social sciences under one overarching paradigm." "The chapters of this book illustrate the intellectual advances that account for this unified view of economies and societies. The key theme which emerges is the interaction between political, economic,…  See more details below

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The influence of economic thinking in other social sciences is bringing about a theoretical integration of all the social sciences under one overarching paradigm." "The chapters of this book illustrate the intellectual advances that account for this unified view of economies and societies. The key theme which emerges is the interaction between political, economic, legal, and social forces. Examples of this include the political influence of corruption and special interest groups, the organizational structure of a government, the effect of commercial law, and the differences between communities with high and low social fragmentation. All these affect and are affected by economic conditions. The editors and contributors of A Not-so-Dismal Science discuss and analyze these and many other factors, leading to the conclusion that economics is at the forefront of the movement toward a unified social science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198294900
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Broader View1
1Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations Are Rich, and Others Poor37
2Innovation and its Enemies: The Economic and Political Roots of Technological Inertia61
3Economic Institutions and Development: A View from the Bottom92
4Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development119
5Overstrong Against Thyself: War, the State, and Growth in Europe on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution138
6The Swedish Model: A Comment on Mancur Olson's Analysis168
7Affirmative Action and Reservations in the American and Indian Labor Markets: Are They Really That Bad?182
8Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy206
9Law from Order: Economic Development and the Jurisprudence of Social Norms228
10The Nature of Institutional Impediments to Economic Development245
Index269

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