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This is a timely and important volume featuring new work from a super line-up of authors. At a time when more than a few growth narratives nod politely to sentiments such as 'one size doesn't fit all' and 'context matters,' but then proceed to torture a single model to explain the fortunes of--or provide policy advice to--two hundred vastly different countries, it is a delight to find a group working to take both the model(s) and the countries themselves seriously. This collection contains arguments, evidence, and implications that deserve a wide hearing in both academic and policy circles. -- Michael Woolcock, World Bank and Harvard University This valuable collection fills a gap between the empirical growth literature and work by area specialists. The essays present narrative evidence on the importance of many things economists believe matter for growth. Several present new stylized facts, many of which will undoubtedly keep development and growth economists busy for some time to come. -- Chang-Tai Hsieh, Princeton University

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*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. v*Acknowledgments, pg. vii*List of Contributors, pg. ix*Chapter 1. Introduction: What Do We Learn from Country Narratives?, pg. 1*Chapter 2. Australian Growth: A California Perspective, pg. 23*Chapter 3. One Polity, Many Countries: Economic Growth in India, 1873-2000, pg. 53*Chapter 4. An African Success Story: Botswana, pg. 80*Chapter 5. A Toy Collection, a Socialist Star, and a Democratic Dud? Growth Theory, Vietnam, and the Philippines, pg. 123*Chapter 6. Growing Into Trouble: Indonesia After 1966, pg. 152*Chapter 7. India since Independence: An Analytic Growth Narrative, pg. 184*Chapter 8. Who Can Explain the Mauritian Miracle? Meade, Romer, Sachs, or Rodrik?, pg. 205*Chapter 9. Venezuela's Growth Implosion: A Neoclassical Story?, pg. 244*Chapter 10. History, Policy, and Performance in Two Transition Economies: Poland and Romania, pg. 271*Chapter 11. How Reform Worked in China, pg. 297*Chapter 12. Sustained Macroeconomic Reforms, Tepid Growth: A Governance Puzzle in Bolivia?, pg. 334*Chapter 13. Fiscal Federalism, Good Governance, and Economic Growth in Mexico, pg. 399*Chapter 14. The Political Economy of Growth without Development: A Case Study of Pakistan, pg. 439*Index, pg. 473

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Dani Rodrik is Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the author of "Has Globalization Gone too Far?"


"Any book written or edited by Dani Rodrik is likely to be interesting and thought-provoking, and often iconoclastic. This volume is no exception... [I]t is a good volume of case studies, and may serve the added benefit of making US-based development economists attach more value to country studies of the determinants of growth."--Oliver Morrissey, Journal of International Development

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