Oslo [Norway] : Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2010.
Book — viii, 442 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
The chapters of this book explore, from different disciplinary perspectives, the relationship between transitional justice, distributive justice, and economic efficiency in the settlement of internal armed conflicts. They specifically discuss the role of land reform as an instrument of these goals, and examine how the balance between different perspectives has been attempted (or not) in selected cases of internal armed conflicts, and how it should be attempted in principle. Although most chapters closely examine the Colombian case, some provide a comparative perspective that includes countries in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe, while others examine some of the more general, theoretical issues involved.
Crony capitalism systems-in which those close to political policymakers receive favors allowing them to earn returns far above market value-are a fundamental feature of the economies of Latin America. Haber and his expert contributors draw from case studies in Mexico, Brazil, and other countries around the world to examine the causes and consequences of cronyism. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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)