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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: 1/28/1969

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
I Why Political Economy? 3
II The New Political Economy 26
III Political Resources 49
IV Political Exchange 92
V Political Inflation and Deflation 136
VI Political Resource Management 160
VII Political Resource Accumulation 180
VIII Political and Administrative Infrastructure 208
IX The Application of Political Economy 256
References Cited 287
Index 303
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