Introduction: institutional change, economic growth, and economic history / Stephen Haber
Institutional determinants of railroad subsidy and regulation in Imperial Brazil / William R. Summerhill
The political economy of financial market regulation and industrial productivity growth in Brazil, 1866-1934 / Stephen Haber
Latin America and foreign capital in the twentieth century: economics, politics, and institutional change / Alan M. Taylor
Schooling, suffrage, and the persistence of inequality in the Americas, 1800-1945 / Elisa Mariscal and Kenneth L. Sokoloff
Privately and publicly induced institutional change: observations from Cuban cane contracting, 1880-1936 / Alan Dye
Concluding remarks: the emerging new economic history of Latin American / Douglas C. North and Barry R. Weingast.
Political Institutions and Economic Growth in Latin America offers a new contribution to the literature on institutions and growth through the analysis of historical cases of institutional change and economic growth in Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
New York : Central European University Press, 1998.
Book — 233 p. ; 23 cm.
Why did Eastern Europeans protest less about the brutal social consequences of systematic change than the people of Latin America a decade earlier? Why has the regionwide authoritarian or populist turnabout not occured? Why has democracy in these countries proved to be crisis-proof? In what ways has the economic crisis impacted on the politics of the region? In addressing these questions, this text uses a comparative analysis of the structures, institutions, cultures, and actors shaping both the Eastern European and the Latin American transformations, and argues that structural, institutional, and cultural factors have put a brake on destabilizing collective actions and have paved the way for the emergence of the enduring, low-level equilibrium between incomplete democracy and imperfect market economy which seems set to characterize the Eastern European experience for the foreseeable future. (source: Nielsen Book Data)