Democracy and redistribution

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9780511804960
ISBN (Print)9780521825603
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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