Property Rights and Indian Economies

Overview

Most research on American Indian economies seeking to explain why Indians have remained near the bottom of the economic ladder has concentrated on resource endowments. This approach has focused policy attention on creating government programs to expand resource exploitation either by encouraging non-Indians to develop reservation resources or by directly enhancing reservation physical and human capital stocks. However, these policies have ignored institutions and the important role of local customs and ...

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Overview

Most research on American Indian economies seeking to explain why Indians have remained near the bottom of the economic ladder has concentrated on resource endowments. This approach has focused policy attention on creating government programs to expand resource exploitation either by encouraging non-Indians to develop reservation resources or by directly enhancing reservation physical and human capital stocks. However, these policies have ignored institutions and the important role of local customs and privileges. This book explicitly considers this institutional context and focuses on the rules that determine who controls physical and human resources and who benefits from their use. Applying the analytical tools from economics, law, anthropology, and political science, the authors consider the three main ingredients necessary for successful economies: stable government, minimal bureaucracies, and the rule of law.

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Editorial Reviews

American Indian Culture and Research Journal
. . . worth acquiring.
Choice
This volume is recommended for policy makers, both the tribal leaders and the federal government administrators, along with the academic community of students and scholars interested in Native American economic, legal, and social issues.
The Detroit News
. . . the book should be a wake-up call to many environmentalists who have unthinkingly adopted and anti-capitalist, anti-people ideology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847677085
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/1992
  • Series: Political Economy Forum Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry L. Anderson, Professor of Economics at Montana State University, is Senior Associate with the Political Economy Research Center.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Analytical Framework Chapter 2 Property Rights in Indian History Chapter 3 The Political Economy of Indian Policy Chapter 4 Property Rights and Economic Development Chapter 5 Cultural and Constitutional Constraints

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