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Douglass North’s Theory of Politics

  • Margaret Levi (a1) and Barry R. Weingast (a1)

Douglass C. North, co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1993, became a major leader in historical and comparative political science and in the study of institutions more generally. His work proved particularly relevant for those interested in questions of state building, state variation, development, and long-term secular change.

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Brennan, Geoffrey, and Buchanan, James M.. 1980. The Power to Tax: Analytical Foundations of a Fiscal Constitution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Davis, Lance E., and North, Douglass C.. 1971. Institutional Change and American Economic Growth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Denzau, Arthur T., and North, Douglass C.. 1994. “Shared Mental Models: Ideologies and Institutions.” Kyklos 47 (1): 331.
Ekelund, Robert B., and Tollison, Robert D.. 1981. Mercantilism as a Rent-Seeking Society: Economic Regulation in Historical Perspective. First Edition. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.
Friedman, Milton. 1977. “Adam Smith’s Relevance for Today.” Challenge 20 (1): 612.
Kennedy, Gavin. 2017. An Authentic Account of Adam Smith. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Levi, Margaret. 1981. “The Predatory Theory of Rule.” Politics & Society 10 (4): 431–65.
Levi, Margaret. 1988. Of Rule and Revenue. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Liu, Glory M. 2017. “Inventing the Invisible Hand: Adam Smith in American Thought and Politics, 1780–Present.” Stanford, CA: Stanford University, PhD Dissertation.
Moe, Terry. 2005. “Power and Political Institutions.” Perspectives on Politics 3 (2): 219–33.
North, Douglass C. 1961. The Economic Growth of the United States, 1790–1860. New York: W.W. Norton.
North, Douglass C. 1981. Structure and Change in Economic History. New York: W.W. Norton.
North, Douglass C. 1990. Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance. New York: Cambridge University Press.
North, Douglass C. 1995. “Five Propositions about Institutional Change.” In Explaining Social Institutions, eds. Knight, Jack and Sened, Itai, 1526. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
North, Douglass C. [1993] 1996. “Economic Performance Through Time.” In Empirical Studies in Institutional Change, eds. Alston, L. J., Eggertsson, T., and North, D. C., 342–56. New York: Cambridge University Press.
North, Douglass C. 2005. Understanding the Process of Economic Change. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
North, Douglass C., and Thomas, Robert Paul. 1973. The Rise and Decline of the Western World. New York: Cambridge University Press.
North, Douglass C., Wallis, John, and Weingast, Barry R.. 2009. Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History. New York: Cambridge University Press.
North, Douglass C., and Weingast, Barry R.. 1989. “Constitutions and Commitment.” Journal of Economic History 49 (4): 803–32.
Pincus, Steven C. A., and Robinson, James. 2014. “What Really Happened During the Glorious Revolution?” In Institutions, Property Rights and Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North, ed. Galieni, S. and Sened, I., 192-222. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Samuelson, Paul. 1948. Economics: An Introductory Analysis. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Smith, Adam. [1776] 1976. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund.
Stigler, George. 1970. “The Optimum Enforcement of the Laws.” Journal of Political Economy 70: 526–36.
Tullock, Gordon. 1986. The Economics of Wealth and Poverty. Brighton, England: Wheatsheaf Books.
Wallis, John Joseph. 2016. “The New Economic History and Beyond: The Scholarship of Douglass C. North.” Journal of Economic History 76 (3): 937–47.
Wallis, John Joseph, and North, Douglass C.. 1986. “Measuring the Transaction Sector in the American Economy, 1870–1970.” In Long-Term Factors in American Economic Growth, Studies in Income and Wealth, vol. 51, eds. Engerman, Stanley and Gallman, Robert, 95162. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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