Comparative Historical Political Economy
17 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Aug 2015
Date Written: July 24, 2009
Investigations of national competitiveness aim to trace the causal mechanisms behind patterns in wealth and poverty across societies. This paper argues that to be productive such investigations must be comparative, historical and political economic in nature. Comparative historical political economy is how social scientists generate useful knowledge about the wealth and poverty of nations. Our contribution is a methodology — or rather a collection of methodologies — for understanding national competitiveness and attempts to improve it: one focuses on political-economic analysis, another on historical analysis, and a third on comparative analysis.
Keywords: competitiveness, comparative political economy, institutions
JEL Classification: B52, O10, P50
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