Subject: Re: conversations (from Paul Ballonoff)

>I will also be putting up some links to your papers in the development
>anthropology (largely blank) page in the next few weeks ... other
>suggestions welcome

Paul Ballonoff home page

"Rule Bound Systems Analysis as a Tool for Economic Development" current extended version

Thanks for the note, and the links! If you can put one up for the SBBay journal, that would also be nice. I am trying not to fill it with my own stuff, which I can reasonably well now publish elsewhere. People might want to publish things there. SBBay is my eclectic publication, but it is edited (by me --- I have edited stuff since I was a graduate student, actually). And the internal technical journal MACT (at SBBay) is seriously edited by a competent Editorial Board and intends to be a fully refereed quality journal. [Did I give you this site URL? and/or "". Until November 1 this needs a password and username "Guest" (in both places). But by November 1 we will drop the password protection and anyone can get on and use it.]

- Paul

RE: other suggestions welcome Subject: 2 or 3 more suggestions

How about this organization, at the University of Vienna

I have attended their biennial meetings since 1980. Since 1990 they have had a session on "country systems" (with me as co-chair for that section). We hope to resume them for the 2002 meetings. But for the 2000 meetings, they put me as co-chair of the Y2K post-event evaluation session.

And, if someone there wants to see Vienna in spring, the papers are due to be proposed by October 20 this year. It is a refereed conference that also publishes its papers in a conference volume.

Also, I have a discussion transcript and slide presentation posted, along with some works by others, on the "Y2K Before and After" site at: Click on "before and after studies."

I did not know I knew anything about Y2K till the Austrians appointed me as an international expert on the subject (at EMCSR), but I have been trying to use the opportunities posed as a result to do some discussions on forecasting accuracy, which is pretty much what is posted on this site under my name.

For that matter, the GWU site just noted might have other items of interest. Actually, if you wanted to post a page on the systems world, you could find lots of sites, but much of it is (unfortunately) peripheral to anthropology or even cognition as a science. Though I suppose what is now called "cognitive science" is very much a growth from the general systems theory tradition.

-- Paul.

Subject: more links

Below are a few development anthropology links that might be of interest. Each of the development banks listed probably has a good set of links inside their home page, often right on the first page from a link. I put in the USAID link to organizations, since it is much bigger than the others. Each of these sites also has some country description and program description stuff, some in great detail. Most are organizations doing development or doing advocacy of development.

I dont really know of good scientific sites in this area. In fact, it is surprising (horrifying) at the extent to which such organizations do not study (or publish, if they do study) how well they do in development. There is a huge body of advocacy, and little real science. (That I know about).

The World Bank Home Page:

The USAID Home Page:

The USAID Links Page to Many International Development Organizations:

The Inter-American Development Bank Home Page:

The Asian Development Bank Home Page:

The African Development Bank Home Page:

The European Development Bank Home Page:

Hope this is useful.

-- Paul

From: Paul Ballonoff Subject: more links - II

Well, actually, I suppose with some work I can find a lot of useful sites that are thinking about development, but they dont look like what anthropology usually does. I doubt that most anthropologists have ever read the very prolific and productive work of Richard Posner (now Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals), nor F. A. Hayek, nor their intellectual progeny. This sort of stuff is available in sites such as listed below.

And if you are going to list the international organizations, then you might also want to list some of their more effective critics, some also found among the listings below.

The Journal of Law and Economics (unfortunately the works of Posner in the early issues, such as his work on "Primitive Law" -- which is insightful if slightly naive in some ways -- are not on-line, but most issues have one or more articles on development topics). See:

Cato Institute publications generally, of which several policy studies are analytical and critical of development banks, accessible from:

Especially the Cato Journal, such as this volume with some insights on legal evolution:

The Papers of Bruce Benson at:

The Economics Department at Florida State U. generally at:

Or the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, which also lists many related resources, is a good counter balance to the weird list of anti-scientific institutions compiled by the USAID site of links I previously provided you:

-- Paul