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De la question coloniale chez les anciens et néo-institutionnalistes


  • Abdallah Zouache


This article examines how the colonial issue is considered in old and new institutionalism. In contrast with new institutionalism, old institutionalism examines colonialism in a racial framework. This article nevertheless reveals a conceptual convergence between both traditions around a culturalist explanation of institutional dynamics. Old and new institutionalism insists on the religious culture as an filter which led to the emergence of pro-growth institutions. This convergence illustrates the ambigüous relationship between race and culture in the institutionalist tradition.

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  • Abdallah Zouache, 2014. "De la question coloniale chez les anciens et néo-institutionnalistes," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 124(1), pages 129-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:repdal:redp_241_0129

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    Colonialism; institutionalism; race; culture;

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    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)


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