My main complaint is that the chapter paints itself as more sui generis than is warranted. Jones has talked about many of these same issues in the context of early economic growth, for example, and there is certainly a literature about the agricultural work-cycle and industrialization iu the context of the enclosure movement. The third chapter in this section, by Viktor Vanberg, is also first rate, as his work usually is.
Vanberg is perhaps the best known of these authors in English, since he now works in the United States. The paper takes some very complex philosophy and makes it comprehensible. I especially like Vanberg's ability to make clever distinctions and break ideas into instructive categories. Like Hesse, he is interested in the sources of economic growth.
Unlike Hesse, however, he stresses institutional structures rather than exogenous constraints, in a manner broadly consistent with the work of Douglass North. But the two chapters can be seen as complementary, in the sense that Hesse's argument applies to early societies in which resource constraints dominated cultural factors, whereas Vanberg's argument applies to later phases of development. The final section is a catch all. The chapter called "Information, Transaction, and Catallaxy," by Manfred Streit and Gerhard Wegner, is extremely interesting and makes a number of important points, even if the reader does not come away with a clear central message.
The last chapter, by Alexander Gerybadze, is an attempt to classify industrial policies using some evolutionary ideas. Gerybadze singles out problems of institutional coordination as perhaps the most important role governments can play. Readers of this journal will likely fault him for too little attention to the rent-seeking possibilities of government action. Also, in stressing the role of governments in setting standards of coordination in a path-dependent world of "lock in" and "increasing returns," Gerybadze is following a trend in the justification of government intervention to which readers of this journal ought to be attentive.
The touchstone for the presumption of government intervention was once simply public goods, externalities, or "natural monopoly. Nowadays, path-dependency arguments are beginning to gain preeminence. For the most part, as the late F. Hayek always emphasized, the normative implications of evolutionary thinking run to diversity, openness, and parallel paths rather than centralized administration. But the emphasis, in the work of Paul David and others, on path-dependent lock-in represents the other, and more interventionist, side of evolutionary thinking.
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