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Structure and Change in Economic History - Douglass C. North

Structure and Change in Economic History

Paperback Published: 16th March 1983
ISBN: 9780393952414
Number Of Pages: 240

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At the core of Professor North's investigation is the question of property rights, the arrangements individuals and groups have made through history to deal with the fundamental economic problem of scarce resources.

In six theoretical chapters, Professor North examines the structure of economic systems, outlines an economic theory of the state and the ideologies that undergird various modes of economic organization, and then explores the dynamic forces such as new technologies that cause institutions to adapt in order to survive. With this analytical framework in place, major phases in Western history come under careful reappraisal, from the origins of agriculture and the neolithic revolution through the political economy of the ancient and medieval worlds to the industrial revolution and the economic transformations of the twentieth century.

Structure and Change in Economic History is a work that will reshape many established explanations of the growth of the west.

Prefacep. ix
The Issuesp. 3
An Introduction to the Structure of Economiesp. 13
A Neoclassical Theory of the Statep. 20
A Framework for Analyzing Economic Organization in Historyp. 33
Ideology and the Free Rider Problemp. 45
Structure and Change in Economic Historyp. 59
Introductionp. 71
The First Economic Revolutionp. 72
The Organizational Consequences of the First Economic Revolutionp. 90
Economic Change and Decline in the Ancient Worldp. 113
The Rise and Decline of Feudalismp. 124
Structure and Change in Early Modern Europep. 143
The Industrial Revolution Reconsideredp. 158
The Second Economic Revolution and Its Consequencesp. 171
Structure and Change in the American Economy 1789-1914p. 187
A Theory of Institutional Change and the Economic History of the Western Worldp. 201
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780393952414
ISBN-10: 039395241X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th March 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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