Property rights and Indian economies

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 - Law - 256 pages
0 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Exchange Sovereignty and IndianAnglo Relations j
Property Rights in Indian History
Property as the Basis of Inuit Hunting Rights

8 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1992)

Terry L. Anderson is the Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC); Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; and Professor Emeritus at Montana State University. His work with Donald Leal helped launch the idea of "free market environmentalism." Anderson is the author or editor of thirty books, including the most recent, "Self-Determination The Other Path for Native Americans" (2006)," coedited with Bruce L. Benson and Thomas E. Flanagan. Laura E. Huggins is a research fellow and Director of Development with PERC, as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Huggins is the author, along with Terry L. Anderson, of "Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity" (2003)."Thomas Michael Power is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Montana. He specializes in natural resource and environmental economics and their relationship to local and regional development. He is author of five books including "Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search for Value of Place" (1996) and "Post-Cowboy Economics: Pay and Prosperity in the New American West" (2001).