ISBN-10:
0521560632
ISBN-13:
9780521560634
Pub. Date:
06/13/1996
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
The Political Economy of Conflict and Appropriation

The Political Economy of Conflict and Appropriation

by Michelle R. Garfinkel, Stergios Skaperdas

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Overview

This collection of essays illustrates the importance of the institutional setting in determining economic activity. The first of the two sets of essays examines the allocation of resources among productive and appropriative activities in an anarchical political environment, without legal or constitutional tradition. Their objective is to understand different facets of the emergence of order and restraint on individual behavior out of conditions with few or no assumed constraints. The second set focuses on different types of political institutions, illustrating how they shape conflict and economic activity and how they themselves can be shaped by conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521560634
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/13/1996
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: conflict and appropriation as economic activities Michelle R. Garfinkel and Stephen Skaperdas; 2. Anarchy and its breakdown Jack Hirshleifer; 3. Towards a model of territorial expansion and the limits of empire Ronald Findlay; 4. Production and predation Herschel I. Grossman and Minseong Kim; 5. Competitive trade with Conflict Stergios Skaperdas and Constantinos Syropoulos; 6. Increasing returns to politics in developing countries with endogenous protection in the Ricardo-Viner model Nakgyoon Choi and Stephen P. Magee; 7. Demosclerosis, or special interests 'r' us: an informational rationale for political gridlock Susanne Lohmann; 8. Deforestation, investment and political stability Robert T. Deacon; 9. Violence and the assignment of property rights on two Brazilian frontiers Lee J. Alston, Gary D. Libecap, and Robert Schneider.

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