Do Parliaments Cause Growth?

The short answer is yes but probably only if they are powerful enough. Explaining the development of Europe from an economic backwater in the tenth century to the cradle of the modern market economy by the nineteenth century has a long and impressive pedigree, going back to the founders of social science. It has recently … Continue reading Do Parliaments Cause Growth?

The Monks who Made Europe

By Jonathan Doucette and Jørgen Møller For almost a thousand years, the Latin west (Western and Central Europe) has been fragmented in two ways: First, it has been divided into numerous competing political units; second, these units have themselves been internally divided, rulers co-existing and interacting with strong social groups such as the clergy, the … Continue reading The Monks who Made Europe