Arnold Kling

Weingast on Econtalk

Moral and Mental Development... Futurism...

I've written much on the work of Barry Weingast and Douglass North. Last week's podcast features Russ Roberts interviewing Weingast. You get a good introduction to the North-Weingast view.

On a related note, last week I read The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. Collier and Weingast would agree that checks and balances are characteristic of a more open society. They would agree that mere formal democracy does not necessarily produce openness. However, I think that Weingast might be skeptical that we could successfully graft open accountability onto underdeveloped countries. To understand why, listen to the podcast.

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