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The Veblenian Roots of Institutional Political Economy

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The term “Institutional Economics” has been applied to some of capitalism’s strongest critics as well as its most ardent apologists. This paradox in terms has bred contradictory literature in development economics, some declaring the death of this line of thought while others herald its resurgence. In examining the roots of Institutional economics, this paper attempts to disentangle the ambiguity surrounding this label. The Institutional Political Economy of Ha-Joon Chang will then be examined as a return to Institutionalism’s radical roots in development economics. Concluding remarks suggest that this approach is capable of encompassing gender as an analytical category, an extension that would improve the ability of policy makers to assess the impacts of macroeconomic policy.

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  • Kirsten Ford, 2011. "The Veblenian Roots of Institutional Political Economy," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2011_07, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
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    1. Ha-Joon Chang, 2002. "Breaking the mould: an institutionalist political economy alternative to the neo-liberal theory of the market and the state," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 26(5), pages 539-559, September.
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    History of Economic Thought; Veblen; Institutionalism; Methodology JEL Classification: B000; B150; B250; B400;

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