Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Book Name : Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

By by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson

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Written by : by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson

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This book develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. Different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. Thus democracy is preferred by the majority of citizens, but opposed by elites. Dictatorship nevertheless is not stable when citizens can threaten social disorder and revolution. In response, when the costs of repression are sufficiently high and promises of concessions are not credible, elites may be forced to create democracy. By democratizing, elites credibly transfer political power to the citizens, ensuring social stability. Democracy consolidates when elites do not have strong incentive to overthrow it. These processes depend on (1) the strength of civil society, (2) the structure of political institutions, (3) the nature of political and economic crises, (4) the level of economic inequality, (5) the structure of the economy, and (6) the form and extent of globalization. Cambridge University Press; December 2005 ISBN 9780511138294 Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format Title: Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy Author: Daron Acemoglu; James A. Robinson Imprint: Cambridge University Press Subject categories Political Science > Democracy Business > Economic History Political Science > Economic Policy Business > Economics Political Science > Political theory. The state. Theories of the state > Forms of the state Social Sciences Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 0511138296 9780521855266 9780511138294 9781107713888 In The Press 'This path-breaking book is among the most ambitious, innovative, sweeping, and rigorous scholarly efforts in comparative political economy and political development. It offers a broad, substantial new account of the creation and consolidation of democracy. Why is the franchise extended? How do elites make reform believable and avoid expropriation? Why do revolutions nevertheless occur? Why do new democracies sometimes collapse into coups and repression? When is repression abandoned? Backed by a unified analytic model, historical insight, and extensive statistical analysis, the authors' case is compelling.' James E. Alt, Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University

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Political Science - Democracy Business - Economic History Political Science - Economic Policy Business - Economics Political Science - Political theory. The state. Theories of the state - Forms of the state Social Sciences Social Science - Sociology

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0511138296 - 9780521855266 - 9780511138294 - 9781107713888

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'This path-breaking book is among the most ambitious, innovative, sweeping, and rigorous scholarly efforts in comparative political economy and political development. It offers a broad, substantial new account of the creation and consolidation of democracy. Why is the franchise extended? How do elites make reform believable and avoid expropriation? Why do revolutions nevertheless occur? Why do new democracies sometimes collapse into coups and repression? When is repression abandoned? Backed by a unified analytic model, historical insight, and extensive statistical analysis, the authors' case is compelling.' James E. Alt, Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University

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