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Democracy and Redistribution

Democracy and Redistribution

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521825603

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  • Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions. It is one in which political regimes ultimately depend on the nature of economic assets, their distribution among individuals, and the balance of power among different social groups. Backed by detailed historical research and extensive statistical analysis from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in classical Athens. It also covers the early triumph of democracy in nineteenth-century agrarian Norway, Switzerland and northeastern America as well as its failure in countries with a powerful landowning class.

    • Offers a complete theory of political development, based on formal, game-theory tools
    • Tests the theory against extensive statistical evidence and historical analysis
    • Includes extensions of the theory that deal with the effects of growth, social mobility, trade and political institutions on the choice of political regime
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    • Winner of the Mattei Dogan Award of the Society for Comparative Research

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...sweeping in its thematic scope. All should be stimulated by the theoretical debate. Recommended." C.H. Blake, James Madison University, CHOICE

    "Anyone interested in the origins of democracy or in contemporary political economy will need to read this important work." Nicolas van de Walle, Cornell University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521825603
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A theory of political transitions
    2. Empirical evidence
    3. Historical evidence
    4. Theoretical extensions: a. Growth, trade, and democracy
    b. Political institutions
    5. Democracy and the public sector
    6. The state, the threat of expropriation, and the possibility of development
    7. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Carles Boix, University of Chicago


    • Winner of the Mattei Dogan Award of the Society for Comparative Research
    • Winner of the William H. Riker Award of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association

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