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Ha-Joon Chang, Ed.

Institutional Change and Economic Development

Institutional Change and Economic Development

Institutional Change and Economic Development
Ha-Joon Chang, Ed.

ISBN 978-92-808-1143-8
paper; 330 pages
US$38.00 September 2007

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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 emphasize the role of institutions in economic development. However, there are still some important knowledge 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 – spanning from Britain, Switzerland and the USA in the past to today's Botswana, Brazil and China. The contributors show that there is no simple formula for institutional development. Instead, real-life experiences of institutional development have been achieved through a mixture of deliberate imitation of foreign institutions and local institutional innovations.

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.

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

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Part I: Theoretical Overview

Part II: Evolution of Particular Institutions

Part III: Country Experiences


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