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The Political Economy of Collective Action, Inequality, and Development

William D. Ferguson


Why do some societies achieve high standards of living, relatively broad access to education and quality health care, serviceable infrastructure, predictable and largely impersonal legal procedures, and relatively accessible avenues to peaceful political expression, while others stagnate with guarded islands of extravagant wealth, surrounded by oceans of poverty, corrupt autocratic systems, and simmering conflicts—or even full-blown civil wars? Why, did South Korea, a dictatorship that faced devastating war from 1950-1954, and whose 1960 GDP per capita was half that of Mexico and twice that of ... More

Keywords: collective-action problems, inequality, institutional systems, political settlements, economic development, political development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781503604612
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503604612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William D. Ferguson, author
Grinnell College