A Not-so-Dismal Science: A Broader View of Economies and Societies

Paperback | December 3, 1999

EditorMancur Olson, Satu Kahkohnen

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Modern economics is like a metropolitan area. Economists' ideas about business and markets are like the magnificent buildings of the city centre. Yet most growth and prosperity is in the suburbs -- lately many of economics' greatest successes have been outside the traditional boundaries ofthe discipline. In the study of law, economic ideas have been the intellectual focus and `law and economics' has become a major field. In the study of politics, economists and political scientists using economics-type methods are uniquely influential. In sociology and history, economics has had asmaller but growing influence through `rational choice sociology' and `cliometrics'. The influence of the economists type thinking in other social sciences is bringing about a theoretical integration of all the social sciences under one overarching paradigm. The chapters of the book illustrate theintellectual advances that account for this unified view of economies and societies.

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Modern economics is like a metropolitan area. Economists' ideas about business and markets are like the magnificent buildings of the city centre. Yet most growth and prosperity is in the suburbs -- lately many of economics' greatest successes have been outside the traditional boundaries ofthe discipline. In the study of law, economic...

Mancur Olson is at Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS). Satu Kahkohnen is at IRIS.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:December 3, 1999

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ISBN - 10:0198294905

ISBN - 13:9780198294900

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Table of Contents

Mancur Olson and Satu Kahkonen: Introduction: The Broader View1. Mancur Olson: Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations are Rich and Others Poor2. Joel Mokyr: Innovation and its Enemies: The Economic and Political Roots of Technological Inertia3. Oliver E. Williamson: Economic Institutions and Development: A View from the Bottom4. Mancur Olson: Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development5. J. Bradford De Long: Overstrong against Thyself: War, the State, and Growth in Europe on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution6. Erik Moberg: The Swedish Model: A Comment on Mancur Olson's Analysis7. Edward Montgomery: Affirmative Action and Reservations in the American and Indian Labor Markets: Are They Really that Bad?8. Russell Hardin: Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy9. Robert D. Cooter: Law from Order: Economic Development and the Jurisprudence of Social Norms10. Pranab Bardhan: The Nature of Institutional Impediments to Economic Development

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`Accessible to a wide range of readers.'R.B. Emmett, Choice, Sept. 00.