Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

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by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521855268

ISBN-13: 9780521855266

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What forces lead to democracy's creation? Why does it sometimes consolidate only to collapse at other times? Written by two of the foremost authorities on this subject in the world, this volume develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. It revolutionizes scholarship on the factors underlying government and popular movements

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What forces lead to democracy's creation? Why does it sometimes consolidate only to collapse at other times? Written by two of the foremost authorities on this subject in the world, this volume develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. It revolutionizes scholarship on the factors underlying government and popular movements toward democracy or dictatorship. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue that different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. Their book, the subject of a four-day seminar at Harvard's Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, was also the basis for the Walras-Bowley lecture at the joint meetings of the European Economic Association and Econometric Society in 2003 and is the winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. Daron Acemoglu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal awarded by the American Economic Association as the best economist working in the United States under age 40. He is the author of the forthcoming text Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. James A. Robinson is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is a Harvard Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Program on Institutions, Organizations, and Growth. He is coeditor with Jared Diamond of the forthcoming book Natural Experiments in History.

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ISBN-13:
9780521855266
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,403,761
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Paths of political development1
2Our argument15
3What do we know about democracy?48
4Democratic politics89
5Nondemocratic politics118
6Democratization173
7Coups and consolidation221
8The role of the middle class255
9Economic structure and democracy287
10Globalization and democracy321
11Conclusions and the future of democracy349
12Appendix to chapter 4 : the distribution of power in democracy361

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Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a formal theory of the process of democratization! Although the underlying assumption of the theory assumes that authoritarians use authority to maintain wealth (which is not always the case) the theory is provocative and insightful. Moreover, it malleable to additional questions and can serve as a theoretic foundation for countless other projects.
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