Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development
Modern developed nations are rich and politically stable in part because their citizens are free to form organizations and have access to the relevant legal resources. Yet an estimated 80 percent of the world’s people live in countries that do not allow these freedoms. Why?
Contributors to Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development, a new NBER volume from the University of Chicago Press, seek to answer this question by exploring how developing nations of the 18th and 19th centuries — including the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany — made the transition to allowing their citizens the right to form organizations. Initial patterns of change were in the opposite direction, as political coalitions restricted potential rivals for political control. Ultimately, however, it became clear that these restrictions threatened the foundation of social and political order.
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