Book Review : Entrenchment by Paul Starr Article - Septembre 2022

Gilles Saint-Paul

Gilles Saint-Paul, « Book Review : Entrenchment by Paul Starr  », Journal of Economic Literature, septembre 2022, pp. 1014-1028. ISSN 0022-0515


Entrenchment : Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies, by Paul Starr, revisits the history of political economy through the lens of a novel concept : that of entrenchment. Policies that benefit some interest groups may become entrenched and persist in spite of subsequent evolutions. Such entrenchment in turn explains why crises occur, sometimes degenerating into violent conflicts : there is a tension between entrenched custom and the need for societal change, or more simply the fact that the balance of power has shifted. (JEL D02, D31, D72, N40)

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