The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Paperback | December 27, 2014

EditorAlice H. Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, James A. Robinson

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Elites have a disproportionate impact on development outcomes. While a country's endowments constitute the deep determinates of growth, the trajectory they follow is shaped by the actions of elites. But what factors affect whether elites use their influence for individual gain or nationalwelfare? To what extent do they see poverty as a problem? And are their actions today constrained by institutions and norms established in the past? This volume looks at case studies from South Africa to China to seek a better understanding of the dynamics behind how elites decide to engage with economic development. Approaches include economic modelling, social surveys, theoretical analysis, and program evaluation. These different methodsexplore the relationship between elites and development outcomes from five angles: the participation and reaction of elites to institutional creation and change, how economic changes affect elite formation and circulation, elite perceptions of national welfare, the extent to which state capacity ispart of elite self-identity, and how elites interact with non-elites.

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Elites have a disproportionate impact on development outcomes. While a country's endowments constitute the deep determinates of growth, the trajectory they follow is shaped by the actions of elites. But what factors affect whether elites use their influence for individual gain or nationalwelfare? To what extent do they see poverty as a...

Alice Amsden (now deceased) was Barton L. Weller Professor of Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She authored Asia's Next Giant and the Rise of 'The Rest'. Most recently, she criticized the 'capabilities' approach to poverty alleviation, arguing that healthier and more educated job seekers cannot get j...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alisa DiCaprio: Introduction: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentPart I: Theoretical Considerations2. the late Alice H. Amsden: Elites and Property Rights3. James A. Robinson: Elites and Institutional PersistencePart II: The Formation and Circulation of Elites4. Andres Solimano and Diego Avanzini: The International Circulation of Elites: Knowledge, Entrepreneurial and Political5. Johan Fourie and Dieter von Fintel: Fruit of the Vine? An Augmented Endowments-Inequality Hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony6. Alison Wolf: Two for the Price of One? The Contribution to Development of the New Female Elites7. Bjorn Gustafsson and Sai Ding: New Light on China's Rural ElitesPart III: The Preferences of Elites8. Elisa P. Reis: Poverty in the Eyes of Brazilian Elites9. Chipiliro Kalebe-Nyamongo: Mutual Interdependence between Elites and the Poor10. Xiaowei Zang: Why Are the Elite in China Motivated and Able to Promote Growth?Part IV: Elites and State Capactiy11. Francois Bourguignon and Thierry Verdier: The Simple Analytics of Elite Behaviour under Limited State Capacity12. Thomas Cantens: Is it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration? The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon13. Monica Pinhanez: Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in BrazilPart V: Grassroots Responses to Elites14. Sam Wong: Tackling Elite Capture by the 'Counter-Elite' and 'Co-Opt-Elite' Approaches in Bangladesh and Ghana15. the late Alice H. Amsden and Alisa DiCaprio: Understanding the Dynamics of Elite Behaviour in a Development Context