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Institutions, institutional change, and economic performance

Author: Douglass C North
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Series: Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Continuing his groundbreaking analysis of economic structures, Douglass North develops an analytical framework for explaining the ways in which institutions and institutional change affect the performance of economies, both at a given time and over time. Institutions exist, he argues, due to the uncertainties involved in human interaction; they are the constraints devised to structure that interaction. Yet,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
North, Douglass Cecil.
Institutions, institutional change, and economic performance.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990
(DLC) 90001673
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Douglass C North
ISBN: 9780511808678 0511808674 9781139648547 1139648543 9781139640909 1139640909 9781139638067 1139638068 1139635735 9781139635738 1316084671 9781316084670 1139647547 9781139647540
OCLC Number: 818658464
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 152 pages)
Contents: Part I. Institutions --
1. An introduction to institutions and institutional change --
2. Cooperation: the theoretical problem --
3. The behavioural assumptions in a theory of institutions --
4. A transaction cost theory of exchange --
5. Informal constraints --
6. Formal constraints --
7. Enforcement --
8. Institutions and transaction and transformation costs --
Part II. Institutional change --
9. Organizations, learning, and institutional change --
10. Stability and institutional change --
11. The path of institutional change --
Part III. Economic performance --
12. Institutions, economic theory, and economic performance --
13. Stability and change in economic history --
14. Incorporating institutional analysis into economic history: prospects and puzzles.
Series Title: Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Responsibility: Douglass C. North.
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Explores the nature of institutions and institutional change. 


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"At a time when economic and political institutions are being reformed and replaced all over the world, North's book is required reading for all social scientists and policy makers." T.N. Read more...

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