Political Economy of Change

Political Economy of Change

by Warren F. Ilchman, Norman T. Uphoff
     
 

Warren Ilchman and Norman Uphoff believe that the discipline of political science has failed in the past to meet its own standards of rigor and cogency and does not meet standards of usefulness and relevance set by others. The Political Economy of Change attempts to remedy these shortcomings. The authors critique the usual social science approaches for studying…  See more details below

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Warren Ilchman and Norman Uphoff believe that the discipline of political science has failed in the past to meet its own standards of rigor and cogency and does not meet standards of usefulness and relevance set by others. The Political Economy of Change attempts to remedy these shortcomings. The authors critique the usual social science approaches for studying developing nations and for assessing the policy choices leaders in such nations must make. The authors approach political economy analysis starting with the discipline of political science. They resurrect concerns that occupied early political economists; first, determining how the relationship between those in authority and those subject to it can be made most productive for the community: and second, ascertaining what courses a government can follow to see that the resources of a community are used most economically and effectively to achieve the goals it sets. Ilchman and Uphoff expand the limits of social science analysis to deal with problems of allocation and productivity in all spheres of public choice, not just the economic sphere. In their new introduction, Ilchman and Uphoff discuss the significance of their model, proposing that it can be used in any and all political systems. The model is discussed as "supradisciplinary," in that it transcends disciplines rather than trying to combine or unite them.

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Reprint of the 1969 original with a new (15 page) introduction and two and a half pages of new literature citations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780520020337
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/28/1969

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