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Title: State Formation in the Hebrew Bible: An Institutional Economic Perspective
Authors: Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
First Published: Jun-2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2013, 37 (4), pp. 391-422
Abstract: This article analyzes the changing approach to state formation in the stories of Joshua, Saul, David and Solomon. These stories are here scrutinized for features of emerging constitutional and institutional economic governance. This article inquires as to why initially a rather federalist structure under Joshua emerged, one that subsequently was replaced by more formally coordinated, hierarchical governance structures. It focuses on attack/defense costs and transaction costs that explain the emergence of state structures and their evolution over time. In addition, institutional economic concepts of political governance (that overcome anarchy and organize wealth creation in society) are projected to state formation in the Hebrew Bible. In this way, this article traces the early, yet pseudo-modern, economic history of a theory of state formation.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0309089213483980
ISSN: 0309-0892
eISSN: 1476-6728
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © the author, 2013. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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