2‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍500 words, critical review of two books `bout divergent vie

2‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍500 words, critical review of two books `bout divergent views on economic history (below): (1000 words on each book + 250 intro + 250 conclusion) Must include: • A brief overview of what’s in each book (focusing on the essence of the argument). • The books’ reception by the academic profession. This is where the book reviews come in. What do the reviewers criticize? Do they have a point? • An evaluation of each book (Is the argument consistent? Are there any obvious holes? Is one book stronger than the other?) • A comparison of the books (Where do they clash? Where do they complement each other?) Book 1) Primarily focuses on Institutions: Acemoglu, Daron and Robinson, James A. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. London: Books, 2012 reviews: • Diamond, Jared. “What makes countries rich or poor?” The New York Review of Books, 7th June 2012, 7 pages https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2012/06/07/what-makes-countries-rich-or-poor/ • Jennings, Colin. “Institutions and prosperity. A review of Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson, Pillars of Prosperity: the Political Economics of Development Clusters … and Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty.” Europea‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍n Journal of Political Economy 29, 2013, pp. 252 – 258 (file attached) • MacLeod, W. Bentley. “On Economics: A Review of Why Nations Fail by D. Acemoglu and J. Rpbinson and Pillars of Prosperity by T. Besley and T. Persson.” Journal of Economic Literature 51 (1), 2013, pp. 116 – 143 • Vries, Peer. “Does wealth entirely depend on inclusive institutions and pluralist politics? A review of Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Why nation fail.” Ensayos de Economía 43, 2013, pp. 181 – 198 • Tim Harcourt, The University of New South Wales, Australia review Book 2) Primarily focuses on Culture/Ideas: Clark, Gregory. A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of The World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007 reviews: • Solow, Robert M. “Survival of the Richest?” The New York Review of Books, 22nd November 2007, • Allen, Robert C. “A Review of Gregory Clark’s A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World.” Journal of Economic Literature 46 (4), 2008, pp. 946 – 973 • McCloskey, Deirdre N. “ ‘You know, Ernest, the rich are different from you and me’: A comment on Clark’s A Fare‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍well to Alms.” European Review of Economic History 12, 2008, pp. 138 – 148

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *