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Unintended Consequences

Deepak Lal (Author)
Synopsis Unintended Consequences is an accessible, inter-disciplinary account of the role of culture in shaping economic performance. There are two major themes that run through the book. One is the interaction of factor; culture and politics in explaining modern intensive growth in the west. The other is the role of individualism, an inadvertent legacy of the medieval Catholic church, in promoting this growth, and the strange metamorphoses in the west's cosmological belief and the interaction between 'the west and the rest'. The topics addressed include: a possible clash of future civilizations, the role of values in the East Asian miracle, cultural versus economic causes for social decay in the west, and whether modernization leads to westernization. The book also examines how the world's two most ancient contemporary civilizations--India and China--have responded to the rise of the west. An appendix shows how the various stories can be described as four formal economic models. Lal takes into account the relevant literature in history, anthropology, social psychology, evolutionary biology, neurology, sociology and economic history making the book both accessible and interesting to a wider audience.
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About the author

Deepak Lal

Deepak Lal is James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London, and former Research Administrator at the World Bank. He has advised many governments and international agencies and is the author of numerous books on economic development and public policy, including In Praise of Empires (Palgrave Macmillan), The Poverty of Development Economic, and Unintended Consequences.

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Title Unintended Consequences
Author Deepak Lal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195651537
length 287p.