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|July 2011||What Really Happened During the Glorious Revolution?|
with James A. Robinson: w17206
The English Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 is one of the most famous instances of 'institutional' change in world history which has fascinated scholars because of the role it may have played in creating an environment conducive to making England the first industrial nation. This claim was most forcefully advanced by North and Weingast yet the existing literature in history and economic history dismisses their arguments. In this paper we argue that North and Weingast were entirely correct in arguing that the Glorious Revolution represented a critical change in institutions. In addition, and contrary to the claims of many historians, most of the things they claimed happened, for example parliamentary sovereignty, did happen. However, we argue that they happened for reasons different from tho...
Published: “What Really Happened D uring the Glorious Revolution?” (2014 ) (joint with Steven Pincus, Yale University) in Sebastián Galiani and Itai Sened ed s . Institutions, Property Rights and Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North , New York: Cambridge U niversity Press.