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AuthorAuster, Richard D. author
TitleThe State as a Firm [electronic resource] : Economic Forces in Political Development / by Richard D. Auster, Morris Silver
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1979
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Descript XII, 208 p. 1 illus. online resource


We seem to be witnessing the rebirth of the concept of an integrated social science, a complete theory of human action and interaction in all its ramificaยญ tions and complications. What we call society is simply the totality of human exchange. Economics is a theory of human exchange of certain types. Although the qualities of what is being exchanged as well as the conditions of exchange may vary, economic theory has recently broadened its scope sufficiently to begin to be general enough to handle these problems as well. In the present work we attempt to see what insights are revealed by the application of economic categories to political history. We feel there are many. At this point Silver stops. ! Auster continues. A quick spin around the "policy" block in the new model so to speak, hence Chapter 8. For the rest, however, this is truly a joint work. The authors' names appear in alphabetical order. After 12 years of professional assoยญ ciation, claims to precedence in origination could too clearly be self-deception. ! Silver is even more pessimistic than Auster, in particular about which types of reforms will be accepted. With the rise to affluence of most members of our society the mass itself has become concerned with political reform as almost a new form of entertainment. Unforยญ tunately, they have no idea how to improve matters


I A Multidimensional Economic Theory of Governments -- 1 The State as a Service Firm, the Production of Order -- 2 Theories of the Emergence of States -- 3 The Sizes of States -- 4 The Qualities of State Activity -- II The Problem of Government -- 5 The Monopoly State -- 6 Democracy, the Corporate State -- 7 Democracy as a Consumer Good -- 8 Experimental Remedies: Some Preposterous Proposals -- Appendixes -- I Entrepreneurship, Profit, and Limits on Firm Size -- II Political Revolution and Repression: An Economic Approach -- III The GPITPC and Institutional Entropy -- List of References -- Notes -- Indexes

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