Cohesion, Growth and Development Since the Industrial Revolution pp. 31-51
Authors: (Espen Moe, NTNU Social Research AS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Abstract: The chapter focuses on the relationship between cohesion and economic growth and development. Theoretically, I combine Joseph Schumpeter and Mancur Olson. Structural economic change is what makes a state grow in the long term. However, policies of structural change are politically risky as they create redistributive effects and are fought by vested interests. I suggest that cohesion stimulates growth by making it politically safer for decision-makers to pursue policies of structural change. Paired comparisons between Britain, France, Germany, the US and Japan during five core industries and five time periods since the Industrial Revolution provides a tentative qualitative test.