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Overview

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.

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"...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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521532679
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,131,560
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A Theory of Political Transitions 19
App. 1.1 Proving the Results of the Initial Game 60
App. 1.2 Alternative Explanations for the Development Democracy Correlation 63
2 Empirical Evidence 65
App. 2.1 List of Political Regimes 98
3 Historical Evidence 110
4 Theoretical Extensions: Growth, Trade, Political Institutions 130
5 Democracy and the Public Sector 171
6 The State, the Threat of Expropriation and the Possibility of Development 204
7 Conclusions 233
References 241
Index 253
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