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State Formation in the Hebrew Bible: An Institutional Economic Perspective

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posted on 01.07.2013, 11:29 by Sigmund Wagner-Tsukamoto
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.

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Citation

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2013, 37 (4), pp. 391-422

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

0309-0892

eissn

1476-6728

Copyright date

2013

Available date

01/07/2013

Publisher version

http://jot.sagepub.com/content/37/4/391

Language

en