Khalil, Elias (2006): The Roadblock of Culturalist Economics: Economic Change á la Douglass North.
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In his 2005 book, Understanding the Process of Economic Change, North offers a rough account of economic change that can be called “culturalist economics.” In his account, he attributes the change of well being of individuals to, besides technology and demographics, cultural heritage or cultural beliefs. Using this basis, he then attributes "the mystery of the unique evolution of western Europe" to a causative view that combines "Christian dogma" and English "individualism." This combinatory belief assures property rights, and hence explains the success of Western Europe and the US and the failure of Islam and Latin America in terms of their respective economic development. But North’s culturalist economics faces a roadblock: it does not explain the origin of beliefs, and it neglects the role of rational choice in manufacturing beliefs. Specifically, it ignores the roles of agency, revolutionary change, and the dynamics of empire.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Roadblock of Culturalist Economics: Economic Change á la Douglass North|
|Keywords:||cultural economics vs. culturalist economics; reification of culture; Christian dogma; individualism; mystery of rise of Europe; Islam|
|Subjects:||Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics ; Economic Sociology ; Economic Anthropology
N - Economic History > N0 - General > N01 - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods
B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B5 - Current Heterodox Approaches > B52 - Institutional ; Evolutionary
N - Economic History > N0 - General
B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B4 - Economic Methodology > B40 - General
|Depositing User:||Elias Khalil|
|Date Deposited:||05. Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2014 17:06|
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