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Cultural Evolution and Constitutional Public Choice: Institutional Diversity and Economic Performance on American Indian Reservations.

Published January 1995 by Cornell, Stephen and Kalt, Joseph P.
"…We argue that the foundations of effective collective institutions sit on the processes of normative and positive acculturation of individuals, and we refer to socially shared normative and positive conceptions (or "norms") in the realm of human action as "culture." In this framework, culture-- especially a society's political norms -- constitute an informal social contract. Drawing n extensive field and quantitative research into the economic performace and constitutional structures of contemporary, self-governing American Indian societies in the United States, this paper sets forth an evolutionary theory of the social contract..."
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