From Olson to Veblen: The Stagflationary Rise of Distributional Coalitions

From Olson to Veblen: The Stagflationary Rise of Distributional Coalitions
Nitzan, Jonathan. (1992). 2 June. pp. 1-75. (Conference Paper / Proceedings; English).

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This essay deals with the relationship between stagflation and the process of restructuring. The literature dealing with the interaction of stagnation and inflation is invariably based on some explicit or implicit assumptions about economic structure, but there are very few writings which concentrate specifically on the link between the macroeconomic phenomenon of stagflation and the process of structural change. Of the few who dealt with this issue, we have chosen to focus mainly on two important contributors – Mancur Olson and Thorstein Veblen. The first based his theory on neoclassical principles, attempting to demonstrate their universality across time and place. The second was influenced by the historical school and concentrated specifically on the institutional features of modern capitalism. Despite the fundamental differences in their respective frameworks, both writers arrive at a similar conclusion, namely, that the phenomenon of stagflation is inherent in the dynamic evolution of collective economic action, particularly in the rise and consolidation of 'distributional coalitions.'



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BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Theory
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Industrial Organization
BN Institutions
BN Power
BN Region - North America
BN Business Enterprise
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN Production
BN Macro
BN Money & Finance
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Science & Technology
BN Ideology
BN Distribution
BN Methodology
BN Agency
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Micro
BN Labour
BN Growth

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

21 Jun 2005

Last Modified

29 Mar 2016 20:02


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