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The Long Process of Development: Building Markets and States in Pre-industrial England, Spain and their Colonies

The Long Process of Development: Building Markets and States in Pre-industrial England, Spain and their Colonies

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Jerry F. Hough
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 4/30/2015
EAN 9781107670419, ISBN10: 1107670411

Paperback, 460 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
Language: English

Douglass North once emphasized that development takes centuries, but he did not have a theory of how and why change occurs. This groundbreaking book advances such a theory by examining in detail why England and Spain developed so slowly from 1000 to 1800. A colonial legacy must go back centuries before settlement, and this book points to key events in England and Spain in the 1260s to explain why Mexico lagged behind the United States economically in the twentieth century. Based on the integration of North's institutional approach with Mancur Olson's collective action theory, Max Weber's theory of value change, and North's focus on dominant coalitions based on rent and military in In the Shadow of Violence, this theory of change leads to exciting new historical interpretations, including the crucial role of the merchant-navy alliance in England and the key role of George Washington's control of the military in 1787.

1. Introduction
2. The collective-action difficulties of creating an effective state
3. The pre-state of England and Spain
the importance of man-made geography
4. The early state in England and Spain
5. The minimally effective state
6. The truly effective state
7. English and Spanish colonial policies
8. The English colonies
9. Colonial Mexico
10. The collective-action problems of the formation of the United States
11. The collective-action problems of the formation of Mexico
12. The implications for development theory.