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Institutions and Social Conflict : Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions - Jack Knight

Institutions and Social Conflict

Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

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Published: 5th April 1993
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Many of the fundamental questions in social science entail an examination of the role played by social institutions. Why do we have so many social institutions? Why do they take one form in one society and quite different ones in others? In what ways do these institutions originally develop? And when and why do they change? Institutions and Social Conflict addresses these questions in two ways. First it offers a thorough critique of a wide range of theories of institutional change, from the classical accounts of Smith, Hume, Marx and Weber to the contemporary approaches of evolutionary theory, the theory of social conventions and the new institutionalism. Second, it develops a new theory of institutional change that emphasizes the distributional consequences of social institutions. The emergence of institutions is explained as a by-product of distributional conflict in which asymmetries of power in a society generate institutional solutions to conflicts. The book draws its examples from an extensive variety of social institutions.

"Overall, this is an interesting book written with clarity and conciseness and contains a very valid argument for understanding the emergence and development of social institutions." Review of Radical Political Economics

Preface
Introduction
The primary importance of distributional conflict
Institutions and strategic choice: information, sanctions and social expectations
The spontaneous emergence of social institutions: contemporary theories of institutional change
The spontaneous emergence of social institutions: a bargaining theory of emergence and change
Stability and change: conflicts over formal institutions
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521421898
ISBN-10: 0521421896
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 5th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35