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Under the Thumb of History? Political institutions and the Scope for Action

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  • Abhijit V. Banerjee
  • Esther Duflo

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This paper discusses the two leading views of history and political institutions. For some scholars, institutions are mainly products of historical logic, while for others, accidents, leaders, and decisions have a significant impact. Given the possibility that policy decisions indeed make a difference, it makes sense to assume they do and to try to improve policymaking. [BREAD Working paper no. 411].

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  • Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo, 2014. "Under the Thumb of History? Political institutions and the Scope for Action," Working Papers id:5640, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:5640 Note: Institutional Papers
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    Keywords

    History; Political institutions; economy; determinism; social scientist; factor endowment;

    JEL classification:

    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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