The Size of Nations

Alesina, Alberto & Enrico Spolaore.

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Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003. Hardcover Dustjacket. x, 261 pp. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 0262012049[KEYWORDS: POLITICS*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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The authors of this timely and provocative book use the tools of economic analysis to examine the formation and change of political borders. They argue that while these issues have always been at the core of historical analysis, international economists have tended to regard the size of a country as "exogenous," or no more subject to explanation than the location of a mountain range or the course of a river. Alesina and Spolaore consider a country's borders to be subject to the same analysis as any other man-made institution. In The Size of Nations, they argue that the optimal size of a country is determined by a cost-benefit trade-off between the benefits of size and the costs of heterogeneity. In a large country, per capita costs may be low, but the heterogeneous preferences of a large population make it hard to deliver services and formulate policy. Smaller countries may find it easier to respond to citizen preferences in a democratic way. Alesina and Spolaore substantiate their analysis with simple analytical models that show how the patterns of globalization, international conflict, and democratization of the last two hundred years can explain patterns of state formation. Their aim is not only "normative" but also "positive" -- that is, not only to compute the optimal size of a state in theory but also to explain the phenomenon of country size in reality. They argue that the complexity of real world conditions does not preclude a systematic analysis, and that such an analysis, synthesizing economics, political science, and history, can help us understand real world events.

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Enrico Spolaore is is Professor of Economics at Tufts University.

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Buchbeschreibung LONDON, MACMILLAN AND CO LTD; NEW YORK,ST MARTIN'S PRESS, 1963. 446 pages Ex-Library Book in good condition. Ehem. Bibliotheksexemplar mit Stempel und Signatur. Noch GUTER Zustand, ein paar sichtbare Gebrauchsspuren, Einband bestoßen und berieben, Seiten leicht vergilbt. Kleinere Anstreichungen möglich. Dieses Buch stammt aus den abgegebenen Beständen einer alten Handelshochschule. Vorwiegend Bücher aus der Zeit 1900 - 1945. Sprechen Sie uns an! Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1100. Artikel-Nr. 704541

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Buchbeschreibung Alden & Landis 505/8; BMC STC German, p. 772; JCB I, pp. 40-41; Proctor, German Books 1501-1520, 10386; VD16, J-712 (4 copies); cf. Adams H-714 (1501 Quentell edition); DSB XII, pp. 60-63. Fourth Quentell edition, extensively illustrated, of Sacrobosco's classic 13th-century treatise on astronomy De sphaera mundi ("On the sphere of the world"), with extensive commentary by the Czech astronomer Wenceslaus Fabri de Budweis (1455-1518). Two of the diagrams clearly explain a solar and a lunar eclipse. The present copy is extensively annotated by a (near) contemporary hand, adding even some further illustrations, including an astronomical diagram. The book is divided into four chapters treating the definition of a sphere; the various circles and their names; the cosmic, chronic, and heliacal risings and settings of the constellations; and the movements of the sun, moon and planets."Sacrobosco's fame rests firmly on his De sphaeria, a small work based on Ptolemy and his Arabic commentators, published about 1220 [ ] It was quite generally adopted as the fundamental astronomy text, for often it was so clear that it needed little or no explanation." (DSB). Sacrobosco was the first European scholar to use Arabic sources for his astronomical studies, helping to spread Arabic knowledge to the Western world. He describes the earth as a sphere, opening the way for the Renaissance astronomical revolution of Copernicus and Gallileo. The work had a great impact on the science of astronomy in the following centuries. Alden & Landis cites the present edition as, "The earliest edn to refer to America, on verso of lf 33." This page contains the "Tabula Climatum", an addition between chapters 3 and 4. It is described as "rectificata 1491"[!] and does appear in a few editions before the present. The reference remains somewhat ambiguous.With several small wormholes throughout, sometimes slightly affecting the text. Good copy, including the final blank leaf. Artikel-Nr. 21405

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