Crony Capitalism: Rent Seeking, Institutions and Ideology

21 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2014

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Paul Dragos Aligica

George Mason University

Vlad Tarko

University of Arizona - Department of Political Economy and Moral Science

Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

This paper elaborates the notion of “crony capitalism” and advances an innovative approach to the analysis of the phenomenon in case, seen as a type of rent‐seeking society. The argument leads to a pioneering attempt to elaborate an original theory of crony capitalism as a sui generis system and with that end in view it combines three complementary perspectives: microeconomics (dealing with the basic economics of rent‐seeking), institutional or structural (dealing with the specific structures and configurations of institutions, policies and processes via which rent seeking gets materialized), and ideological (dealing with the ideas, rhetoric, beliefs, doctrines and other forms of legitimization and justification of the specific policies and institutions). The paper identifies significant functional differences between crony capitalism in high‐income and developing countries and advances a novel interpretation of the special nature of crony capitalism by focusing on the distinctive features of its ideological component.

Suggested Citation

Aligica, Paul Dragos and Tarko, Vlad, Crony Capitalism: Rent Seeking, Institutions and Ideology (May 2014). Kyklos, Vol. 67, Issue 2, pp. 156-176, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2423640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12048

Paul Dragos Aligica (Contact Author)

George Mason University

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Vlad Tarko

University of Arizona - Department of Political Economy and Moral Science ( email )

Tucson, AZ
United States

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