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Institutional Change and Economic Development

Institutional Change and Economic Development

Edited by Ha-Joon Chang
Foreword by Deepak Nayyar

Anthem Frontiers of Global Political Economy

A comprehensive discussion of the issues surrounding institutional progression in relation to the economy of the developing world.

Paperback, 328 Pages

ISBN:9781843312819

November 2007

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  • About This Book
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  • Table of Contents

About This Book

 The issue of institutional development has come to prominence during the last decade or so. During this period even the IMF and the World Bank, which used to treat institutions as mere ‘details’, have come to emphasise the role of institutions in economic development. However, there are still some important gaps that need to be filled before we can say that we have a good grip on the issue of institutions and economic development, both theoretically and at the policy level. This book is an attempt to fill these gaps. Recognizing the complexity of the issues involved, this book draws together contributions from scholars in economics, history, political science, sociology, public administration and business administration. These experts discuss not only theoretical issues but also a diverse range of real-life institutions – political, bureaucratic, fiscal, financial, corporate, legal, social and industrial – in the context of dozens of countries across time and space – from Britain, Switzerland and the USA to today’s Botswana, Brazil and China. The contributors show that there is no simple formula for institutional development. Instead, real-life examples of institutional development which has been achieved through a mixture of deliberate imitation of foreign institutions and local institutional innovations are discussed and studied. While arguing there is no set formula for institutional development, this book will assist developing countries to improve their institutions by providing sophisticated theoretical discussions and helpful policy ideas based on real-life cases.

Reviews

'Just when the institutionalist approach to economic development is at risk of seeming like a ‘black box’ for tautological non-explanations, this volume of richly historically informed and nuanced studies will restore confidence in the value, if not superiority, of this approach to the political economy of development.' —Jomo K. S., Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, United Nations


'This book takes us to a new level of analysis, with a very thorough understanding of the history and political economy of institution-building. Along the way it demolishes much of the conventional wisdom, and sets a new standard that all future research on institutions must match.' —Tony Addison, Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

Author Information

Ha-Joon Chang is Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK.

Series

Anthem Frontiers of Global Political Economy

Table of Contents

List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Contributors; Foreword by Deepak Nayyar; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: Theoretical Overview; Part II: Evolution of Particular Institutions; Part III: Country Experiences; Index

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