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Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and John Joseph Wallis


Modern developed societies are rich and secure in large measure because citizens possess the civil right to form organizations and have access for this purpose to a set of legal tools that the government provides to everyone on essentially the same terms. Entrepreneurial activity thrives where organizations can freely form and freely dissolve and resources can move from lower to higher valued uses. Such an environment is also conducive to political security, for a competitive economy, with open access to markets and organizations, underpins economic interests needed to support a competitive de ... More

Keywords: organizations, civil society, open access, voluntary associations, corporations, general incorporation, elites, privileges, unions, social orders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226426365
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226426532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi R. Lamoreaux, editor
Yale University

John Joseph Wallis, editor
University of Maryland

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