The Historical Evolution of Politics

Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 2, No. 2, First Semester 2000

16 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2004

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Douglass C. North

Washington University in St. Louis - Department of Economics

Abstract

In an earlier essay (North, 1981, Ch. 3) I developed a Neo-Classical Theory of the State. This essay elaborates, extends and modifies that essay in three directions: 1. It incorporates time into the model; 2. It is explicitly concerned with the perceptions - the belief systems - that determine choices; and 3. It relates the belief systems to the external environment of the players; both the past environmental experiences that are incorporated in cultural conditioning and the present environmental experiences incorporated in local learning.

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Keywords: Politics, economic history, institutional change, learning

JEL Classification: N40, N43, N46

Suggested Citation

North, Douglass C., The Historical Evolution of Politics. Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 2, No. 2, First Semester 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=445965

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