The Mechanics of Modernity in Europe and East Asia: The Institutional Origins of Social Change and Stagnation

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 266 pages
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Why, from the eighteenth century onwards, did some countries embark on a path of sustained economic growth, while others stagnated? This text looks at the kind of institutions that are required in order for change to take place, and Ringmar concludes that for sustained development to be possible, change must be institutionalized. Taking a global view, Ringmar investigates the implications of his conclusion on issues facing the developing world today.

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Contents

The nature and origin of modern society
3
The failure and success of East Asia
10
The selftransforming machine
18
The discovery of distance
29
The face in the mirror
40
Institutions that reflect
49
Origins of the entrepreneurial outlook
63
The age of the demiurge
73
A world in pieces
97
Institutions dealing with conflicts
118
Reflection
139
Entrepreneurship
152
Europe and China compared
171
Japan and China in a modern world
193
The new politics of modernisation
207
Copyright

Institutions that get things done
84

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Erik Ringmar is in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics

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