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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198294900
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/16/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mancur Olson was Distinguished Professor of economics at the University of Maryland and Founder and Principal Investigator of the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), also based at the University of Maryland.
Satu Kahkonen is Associate Director of IRIS.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Broader View 1
1 Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations Are Rich, and Others Poor 37
2 Innovation and its Enemies: The Economic and Political Roots of Technological Inertia 61
3 Economic Institutions and Development: A View from the Bottom 92
4 Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development 119
5 Overstrong Against Thyself: War, the State, and Growth in Europe on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution 138
6 The Swedish Model: A Comment on Mancur Olson's Analysis 168
7 Affirmative Action and Reservations in the American and Indian Labor Markets: Are They Really That Bad? 182
8 Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy 206
9 Law from Order: Economic Development and the Jurisprudence of Social Norms 228
10 The Nature of Institutional Impediments to Economic Development 245
Index 269
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