Why do some economies do better than others? How does society encourage the kind of market economy that generates continually increasing incomes. POWER AND PROSPERITY: OUTGROWING COMMUNIST AND CAPITALIST DICTATORSHIPS Mancur Olson Basic Books, , xxviix + pgs. Mancur. Anderson, William L. Review of Power and Prosperity, by Mancur Olson. The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, No. 7 (Summer ).

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Bubka could probably have set the bar fifteen centimeters higher twice, rather than a couple centimeters seventeen times, but that would have landed him two bonus apartments, rather than seventeen. What is remarkable about this argument is that it identifies a reason for autocrats and warlords to improve social welfare.

His way of putting the point sounds as if it had poer from Murray Rothbard.

World-renowned mnacur Mancur Olson tackles these questions and others in what will surely be regarded as his magnum opus. The Chicagoites perversely apply this point to government. Both parties gain by violating the law and. Stalin had other “brutal and cunning innovations” p. Muhammad Mubarak rated it liked it Oct 21, American economist and social scientist who, at the time of his death, worked at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Olson concludes that the best form of government for prosperity is a democratic one which respects and protects private property rights.

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Olson examines what it takes for societies to achieve jancur prosperity by studying pre-capitalist, capitalist, communist, and post-communist economies. Groups like cotton-farmers, steel-producers, and labor unions will have the incentives to form lobby groups and influence policies in their favor.

Olson contends that governments can Why do some economies do better than others? Ah, because under Stalinism the able and the unable got paid the same up to mancru fortieth hour of work, but after that they got something a lot closer to market rate. Olson points out that because price controls prevent people from making the exchanges they desire, an incentive toward corruption arises.


Nov 19, Stephen Hull rated it did not like it. Paradoxically, though, our author’s avoidance of Austrian economics in one respect enhances the value of his contribution. Ah, msncur would be because the prisoner’s dilemma never occurs in nature. What of public goods? The idea is that small distributional coalitions tend to form over time in countries. Daron Acemoglu goes a lot deeper in trying to explain this in his book from 12 years later, but still, what a beautiful summary!

This theory of the logic of force and the logic of voluntary exchange also had certain implications for the countries that were transitioning from communism to capitalism at the time that Mancur Olson wrote Power and Prosperity. Some economic exchanges are self-enforcing, but other exchanges pkwer upon the enforcement of long-term contracts. Diego rated it it was amazing Mar 27, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His argument is that such policies will ultimately lead to a far less prosperous society.

He often arrives at Austrian, or prosperlty insights through his own arguments: Similarly, there is nothing that ensures that a government will necessarily confiscate the property of its subjects only when the government can use this property more efficiently than its previous owners could” p. Mancr rated it liked it Mar 01, A far higher implicit tax rate is put on the more able people in the more productive roles.

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Lists with This Book. Olson is just as opposed to unfettered free markets as he is to command and control economic policies. But if socialism cannot calculate, why did it take so long to collapse?


Apr 07, Jon added it. Reliable enforcement of private contracts and protection of individual rights to property depend on governments strong enough to guarantee these rights yet constrained enough not to undermine them.

In essence, everyone had to work for a subsistence wage, during his or her primary hours of labor. The challenge of designing a successful social order, in Olson’s view, is to give the power to make collective decisions to an encompassing interest rather than to a special interest. Jennifer rated it it was amazing May 18, My choice of example, of course, was meant to prove that you could go around the system. Olson here offers a very useful, and so far as I am aware original, supplement to the Austrian analysis of interventionism.

Everything that one produced above subsistence went to the state, for “investment” as it saw fit.

There are two conditions a society must satisfy for it to achieve prosperity: Will not government programs also be the most efficient possible? Read this book for a graduate level public choice economics course – it was fairly theoretical and Prosperjty discovered that after discussing concepts in class, I was able to better understand the book. The author goes as far as to say that spontaneous markets are irrepressible.