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The Role of Elites in Economic Development
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The Role of Elites in Economic Development

the late Alice H. Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, and James A. Robinson

Abstract

Elites have a disproportionate impact on development outcomes. While a country's endowments constitute the deep determinates of growth, the trajectory they follow is shaped by the actions of elites. But what factors affect whether elites use their influence for individual gain or national welfare? To what extent do they see poverty as a problem? And are their actions today constrained by institutions and norms established in the past? This volume looks at case studies from South Africa to China to seek a better understanding of the dynamics behind how elites decide to engage with economic deve ... More

Keywords: elites, growth, national welfare, poverty, economic development, non-elites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

the late Alice H. Amsden, editor
Formerly Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alisa DiCaprio, editor
Research Fellow, United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research

James A. Robinson, editor
David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University

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Contents

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Part I Theoretical Considerations

Part II The Formation and Circulation of Elites

7 New Light on China’s Rural Elites

Bjorn Gustafsson and Sai Ding

Part III The Preferences of Elites

Part IV Elites and State Capacity

Part V Grass-Roots Responses to Elites

End Matter