______________________________SOCIAL SCIENCE AND ITS CRITICS

Clint Ballinger

Clint Ballinger
March 09
“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.” John Maynard Keynes

OCTOBER 4, 2012 2:37AM

Review: "Why Nations Fail" (Acemoglu&Robinson) by Peer Vries

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I was happy to run across this just now -  I have long been a fan of Peer Vries, so I was glad to see I am cited in his review.  Off for a day hike but as soon as I get back I will be reading this closely. (The mention is in footnote 14 and the page it is on).

Does wealth entirely depend on inclusive institutions and pluralist politics? Peer Vries, University of Vienna, July 2012.

A review of: Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Why nations fail. The origins of  power, prosperity and poverty Profile Books (London 2012).  

Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics no. 43. Forthcoming in TSEG - Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis.

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