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Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation

Pranab Bardhan (Author)
Synopsis This institutional framework of an economy defines opportunities for individuals, determines the business climate, and shapes the incentives and organizations for collective action by local communities in resolving their common problems. Institutional failures, weak accountability mechanisms, and missed opportunities for cooperative problem-solving are the main themes of the book, with the role of distributive conflicts in the persistence of dysfunctional institutions a common thread. Special issues taken up include the institutions for securing property rights and resolving coordination failures the structural basis of power commitment devices and political accountability the complex relationship between democracy and poverty (with examples from India, where both have been durable) decentralization and devolution of power persistence of corruption ethnic conflicts and impediments to collective action (including a study of cooperation in irrigation in Tamil Nadu). The essays are important for understanding the development process and the problems of governance and institutional change in developing countries with issues examined often in the empirical context of India. The book will be valuable not only for students of economics, but also social scientists, development specialists, and policymakers.
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About the author

Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance. He has done theoretical and field research on rural institutions in poor countries, political economy of development policies, and international trade. He was chief Editor, Journal of Development Economics, 1985-2003. His books include Poverty, Agrarian Structure, and Political Economy in India: Selected Essays, 2003; Development Microeconomics, 1999.

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Bibliographic information

Title Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195676793
length x+306p., Tables; References; Index; 23cm.