Saturday, December 3, 2011

The role of the State in US Development


As part of Peter Ho's talk yesterday, two graduate students presented some of their research. One of the topics, was the role of the State, the Fiscal-Military State in particular, in the early process of industrialization and development in the US, which was, as noted by Peter, very much in line with his arguments for managed trade. Here is a link to a paper I wrote on the rise of what Schumpeter termed the Tax State. On the Fiscal-Military State read this. The classic book by John Brewer, The Sinews of Power, was essential in the development of some of these ideas, in the sense that it shows the fundamental role of the State for industrialization and the creation of a global empire. The argument put forward, in the talk yesterday, was that the US development can only be understood from a Fiscal-Military Developmental State perspective.

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