An anarchist’s reflection on the political economy of everyday life
AbstractJames Scott has written a detailed ethnography on the lives of the peoples of upland Southeast Asia who choose to escape oppressive government by living at the edge of their civilization. To the political economist the fascinating story told by Scott provides useful narratives in need of analytical exposition. There remains in this work a “plea for mechanism”; the mechanisms that enable social cooperation to emerge among individuals living outside the realm of state control. Social cooperation outside the formal rules of governance, nevertheless require “rules” of social intercourse, and techniques of “enforcement” to ensure the disciplining of opportunistic behavior.
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Date of creation: 2011
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economic development; self-regulation; political economy; peasant economy;
Other versions of this item:
- Peter Boettke, 2012. "An anarchist’s reflection on the political economy of everyday life," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, vol. 25(1), pages 1-7, March.
- Boettke, Peter, 2011. "An Anarchist's reflection on the political economy of everyday life," MPRA Paper 32374, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- O17 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
- P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-09-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2011-09-05 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-HME-2011-09-05 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-HPE-2011-09-05 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-REG-2011-09-05 (Regulation)
- NEP-SEA-2011-09-05 (South East Asia)
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