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Author Besley, Timothy,
Title Pillars of prosperity : the political economics of development clusters / Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.

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Series The Yrjo Jahnsson lectures
Yrjö Jahnsson lectures.
Subject Economic policy.
Economic development.
Business incubators.
Alt Name Persson, Torsten,
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 375 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Development clusters -- Fiscal capacity -- Legal capacity -- Political violence -- State spaces -- Development assistance -- Political reform -- Lessons learned.
Chapter 6: Development Assistance -- 6.1 The Core Model with Aid -- 6.1.1 Cash Aid -- 6.1.2 Technical Assistance -- 6.1.3 Military Assistance -- 6.1.4 Postconflict Assistance -- 6.2 Final Remarks -- 6.3 Notes on the Literature -- Chapter 7: Political Reform -- 7.1 The Core Model and Political Reform -- 7.1.1 Political Reform under a Veil of Ignorance -- 7.1.2 Strategic Political Reform -- 7.2 Developing the Model -- 7.2.1 Micropolitical Foundations for θ -- 7.2.2 Micropolitical Foundations for γ -- 7.2.3 Constitutional Rules -- 7.2.4 Political Violence -- 7.2.5 Trust -- 7.2.6 Governance.
Summary "Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things." So wrote Adam Smith a quarter of a millennium ago. Using the tools of modern political economics and combining economic theory with a bird's-eye view of the data, this book reinterprets Smith's pillars of prosperity to explain the existence of development clusters--places that tend to combine effective state institutions, the absence of political violence, and high per-capita incomes. To achieve peace, the authors stress the avoidance of repressive government and civil conflict. Easy taxes, they argue, refers not to low taxes, but a tax system with widespread compliance that collects taxes at a reasonable cost from a broad base, like income. And a tolerable administration of justice is about legal infrastructure that can support the enforcement of contracts and property rights in line with the rule of law. The authors show that countries tend to enjoy all three pillars of prosperity when they have evolved cohesive political institutions that promote common interests, guaranteeing the provision of public goods. In line with much historical research, international conflict has also been an important force behind effective states by fostering common interests. The absence of common interests and/or cohesive political institutions can explain the existence of very different development clusters in fragile states that are plagued by poverty, violence, and weak state capacity.--Provided by publisher.
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ISBN 9781400840526 (electronic bk.)
140084052X (electronic bk.)
9780691152684 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0691152683 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 747412385
Additional Format Print version: Besley, Timothy. Pillars of prosperity. Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, 2011 9780691152684 (DLC) 2011016080 (OCoLC)719714687