Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: A Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies

@article{Greif1994CulturalBA,
  title={Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: A Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies},
  author={Avner Greif},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1994},
  volume={102},
  pages={912 - 950}
}
  • Avner Greif
  • Published 1994
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • Lacking an appropriate theoretical framework, economists and economic historians have paid little attention to the relations between culture and institutional structure. This limits the ability to address a question that seems to be at the heart of developmental failures: Why do societies fail to adopt the institutional structure of more economically successful ones? This paper integrates game-theoretical and sociological concepts to conduct a comparative historical analysis of the relations… CONTINUE READING
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