The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

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Yale University Press, 1982 - Business & Economics - 273 pages
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The years since World War II have seen rapid shifts in the relative positions of different countries and regions. Leading political economist Mancur Olson offers a new and compelling theory to explain these shifts in fortune and then tests his theory against evidence from many periods of history and many parts of the world.
  

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Review: The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

User Review  - Athan Tolis - Goodreads

A genuine classic. Mancur Olson starts with a three chapter summary of his “Logic of Collective Action,” where he explained how stability breeds special interest groups (eg cartels, guilds, unions ... Read full review

Review: The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

User Review  - Jan Notzon - Goodreads

In The Rise and Decline of Nations, Mancur Olson posits a quite credible theory of why nations grow, stagnate or decline. As I understand it, as nations age they acquire more and more what Olson calls ... Read full review

Contents

The Logic
17
The Implications
36
The Developed Democracies Since World War II
75
Jurisdictional Integration and Foreign Trade
118
Inequality Discrimination and Development
146
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Mancur Olson was Distinguished Professor of economics at the University of Maryland and Founder and Principal Investigator of the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), also based at the University of Maryland.
Satu Kahkonen is Associate Director of IRIS.

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