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Comparative Economics

Book Description

The reasons, methods, and outcomes of system change in general, and in Russia and Eastern Europe in particular are analyzed, using the analytical apparatus developed in the monograph.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. FUNDAMENTALS OF PURE AND APPLIED ECONOMICS
  4. Full Title
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction to the Series
  8. 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1. Approaches to the study of comparative economics
    2. 1.2. Outline of the monograph
  9. 2. Initial Concepts and Building Blocks
    1. 2.1. Primitive terms
    2. 2.2. Economic systems and system rules
    3. 2.3. Organizations
    4. 2.4. Types of organizations
    5. 2.5. Preferences and values of participants in an economy
    6. 2.6. Prices, money, markets
    7. 2.7. Micro- and macro-coordination
    8. 2.8. Internalities and externalities
  10. 3. Technical-Administrative and Agency Problems in Organizations
    1. 3.1. Method and approach
    2. 3.2. Behavioral assumptions
    3. 3.3. Common themes in organizations
    4. 3.4. Hierarchy and common organizational practices
    5. 3.5. Organizational goals and interaction within organizations
    6. 3.6. Variations in the structure and behavior of organizations
  11. 4. Types of Organizations: Households, Firms and Government Organizations
    1. 4.1. Control and agency problems in various types of organizations
    2. 4.2. Households
    3. 4.3. Proprietary firms
    4. 4.4. Employee-owned firms
    5. 4.5. Resource-pooling firms
    6. 4.6. User-oriented (stakeholding and fiduciary) firms
    7. 4.7. Government organizations
  12. 5. Superorganizations
    1. 5.1. The coordination of firms through centralized planning
    2. 5.2. Resource-pooling firms and other superorganizations operating in a market economy
    3. 5.3. Franchising
    4. 5.4. Superorganizations and their component firms
  13. 6. Coalitions in Organizations: Labor Unions
    1. 6.1. Power in organizations
    2. 6.2. The formation of coalitions
    3. 6.3. Labor unions as organizations
  14. 7. Comparative Macroeconomics
    1. 7.1. Claims, credit and banks
    2. 7.2. National government policies
    3. 7.3. Fiscal and monetary policies
    4. 7.4. Macroeconomic accounting
    5. 7.5. Banks and firms
    6. 7.6. Foreign economic relations
  15. 8. Aggregate System Performance and Comparisons
    1. 8.1. The determinants of outcomes
    2. 8.2. Welfare comparisons
    3. 8.3. Quantitative comparisons
  16. 9. System Change
    1. 9.1. A road map to system change
    2. 9.2. Sources of system change
    3. 9.3. Systems viewed as organic wholes: partial versus comprehensive change
    4. 9.4. Components of system change
    5. 9.5. Initial conditions: legacies and obstacles to change
    6. 9.6. Systems and policies
    7. 9.7. Concluding comments
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index