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The Political Economy of Collective Action, Inequality, and Development$
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William D. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503604612

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503604612.001.0001

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Alternative Typologies of Social Orders and Political Settlements

Alternative Typologies of Social Orders and Political Settlements

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(p.211) 7 Alternative Typologies of Social Orders and Political Settlements
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The Political Economy of Collective Action, Inequality, and Development
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William D. Ferguson

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503604612.003.0008

This chapter summarizes several approaches to categorizing social orders and political settlements on the basis of elemental political and institutional characteristics. A political settlement is a mutual understanding, held among parties with power, that they will primarily rely on politics rather than violence to resolve disputes. Discussion opens with a one-dimensional mapping of social orders, based on institutional strength and access—ranging from a chaos order through three types of limited-access orders to an open-access order. Societies can move in either direction. Next, a two-dimensional approach shows four combinations of institutional strength and competitive or dominant political settlements. A third approach offers three typologies. The first relates political settlements to institutional strength. The second denotes alternative distributions of power between included and excluded groups, and such distributions within included groups. The third addresses business power and capabilities.

Keywords:   political settlements, social orders, open access, institutional strength, dominant, competitive, distribution of power

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