- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Institutional Perspectives—Working towards Coherence or Irreconcilable Diversity?
- Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change In the Political Economy of Labor
- Actors and Institutions
- Institutional Reproduction and Change
- Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Social Science Data
- The State in the Economy: Neoliberal or Neoactivist?
- Money and Markets
- Transnational Institutions and International Regimes
- Law as a Governing Institution
- Institutional Change in Financial Systems
- The Comparative Institutional Analysis of Innovation: From Industrial Policy to the Knowledge Economy
- Changing Competition Models in Market Economies: The Effects of Inter‐nationalization, Technological Innovations, and Academic Expansion on the Conditions Supporting Dominant Economic Logics
- Institutions, Wealth, and Inequality
- Corporate Governance
- The Institutional Construction of Firms
- Institutionalizing the Employment Relationship
- Inter‐Firm Relations in Global Manufacturing: Disintegrated Production and Its Globalization
- Institutional Transformation in European Post‐Communist Regimes
- State Failure
- Financial Capitalism Resurgent: Comparative Institutionalism and the Challenges of Financialization
- Institutional Competitiveness: How Nations came to Compete
- Epilogue: Institutions in History: Bringing Capitalism Back In
Abstract and Keywords
One of the most clearly established generalizations in comparative social science is that economic development rests on the back of services provided by the state. The main task of this article is to reverse the picture, by considering the conditions under which states do and do not provide the institutional basis upon which economic activity can be built. A successful state is one that provides order, belonging, and affluence to the society that controls it. The sociological factors involved in the creation of states of this sort can be specified immediately, albeit later discussion of the absence of these factors elsewhere highlights their character. Almost everything follows from one simple consideration, namely that these states were created in a Darwinian world, which mandated fiscal extraction. In consequence, bureaucracies were created to penetrate and organize social life.
John A. Hall, James McGill Professor of Sociology, McGill University.
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