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The Political Economy of Coercion, Economic Growth, and the Consolidation of the State


  • V. Volkov


The institutional and conceptual separation of economic (civil) society and the state (military-political organization) that occurred in Europe at the end of the eighteenth century and beginning of the nineteenth promoted the affirmation of ideas that productive innovations and peaceful competition are the source of economic growth. But the fact that classical economic theory does not consider organized coercion to be a form of production still does not mean that it lies outside the bounds of economic activity. The thesis that economic behavior is "peaceful" by nature does not at all mean that the economic methodology of research is inapplicable to not quite peaceful forms of behavior.

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  • V. Volkov, 2000. "The Political Economy of Coercion, Economic Growth, and the Consolidation of the State," Problems of Economic Transition, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(4), pages 24-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:prectr:v:43:y:2000:i:4:p:24-40
    DOI: 10.2753/PET1061-1991430424

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