Property Rights and Indian Economies

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 - Political Science - 256 pages
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Most research on American Indian economies seeking to explain why Indians have remained near the bottom of the economic ladder has concentrated on resource endowments. This approach has focused policy attention on creating government programs to expand resource exploitation either by encouraging non-Indians to develop reservation resources or by directly enhancing reservation physical and human capital stocks. However, these policies have ignored institutions and the important role of local customs and privileges. This book explicitly considers this institutional context and focuses on the rules that determine who controls physical and human resources and who benefits from their use. Applying the analytical tools from economics, law, anthropology, and political science, the authors consider the three main ingredients necessary for successful economies: stable government, minimal bureaucracies, and the rule of law.

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The Property Rights Paradigm An Introduction
Exchange Sovereignty and IndianAnglo Relations
Customary Indian Law Two Case Studies
Property as the Basis of Inuit Hunting Rights
Learning to Farm Indian Land Tenure and Farming Before the Dawes Act
A Congressional Theory of Indian Property Rights The Cherokee Outlet
Government as Definer of Property Rights Indian Lands Ethnic Externalities and Bureaucratic Budgets
Agricultural Development and Land Tenure in Indian Country
Water Right Claims in Indian Country From Legal Theory to Economic Reality
Economic Culture Institutional Order and Sustained Market Enterprise Comparisons of Historical and Contemporary American Indian Cases
Culture and Institutions as Public Goods American Indian Economic Development as a Problem of Collective Action
About the Political Economy Forum and Authors

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Terry L. Anderson, Professor of Economics at Montana State University, is Senior Associate with the Political Economy Research Center.

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