Political Competition, Innovation and Growth

A Historical Analysis

  • Peter Bernholz
  • Manfred E. Streit
  • Roland Vaubel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Bernholz, Manfred E. Streit, Roland Vaubel
      Pages 3-11
    3. Douglass C. North
      Pages 13-28
    4. Manfred E. Streit
      Pages 29-34
    5. Dennis C. Mueller
      Pages 53-75
    6. Roland Vaubel
      Pages 77-81
  3. Case Studies

  4. Decline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Hartmut Leppin
      Pages 245-263
    3. I. A. A. Thompson
      Pages 265-295
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About these proceedings


This volume confronts an important historical hypothesis with empirical evidence from selected periods of history. The hypothesis in question states that competition among political and legal organisations in developing rules has been a crucial condition for liberty, innovation and growth in the history of mankind. It is due to Immanuel Kant, Edward Gibbon and Max Weber and has been revived and further developed by Nobel-Laureate Douglass C. North who contributes the first chapter. The volume brings together political economists, historians and legal scholars to discuss the role of political competition in the rise and decline of nations - both in theory and in a large number of case studies.


Germany International Competition Italy Max Weber competition development dynamics economic development glass growth innovation innovations institutions organization urbanization

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Bernholz
    • 1
  • Manfred E. Streit
    • 2
  • Roland Vaubel
    • 3
  1. 1.BaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von WirtschaftssystemenJenaGermany
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für VolkswirtschaftslehreUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64353-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60324-2
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