Democracy and Redistribution
By (author) Carles Boix
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Democracy and Redistribution by Carles Boix
Book DescriptionWhen do countries democratize? What facilitates the survival of authoritarian regimes? What determines the occurrence of revolutions, often leading to left-wing dictatorships, such as the Soviet regime? Although a large literature has developed since Aristotle through contemporary political science to answer these questions, we still lack a convincing understanding of the process of political development. Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions, in which political regimes ultimately hinge on the nature of economic assets, their distribution among individuals, and the balance of power among different social groups. Backed up by detailed historical work and extensive statistical analysis that goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, this 2003 book explains why democracy emerged in classical Athens. It also discusses the early triumph of democracy in both nineteenth-century agrarian Norway, Switzerland and northeastern America and the failure in countries with a powerful landowning class.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521532679
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carles Boix
Political Order and Inequality, Hardback (February 2015)
This book describes the foundations of stateless societies, why and how states emerge, and the basis of political obligation.
Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, Paperback (July 2009)
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 48 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics.
Democracy and Redistribution, Hardback (July 2003)
In this 2003 book, Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions.
Political Parties, Growth and Equality, Hardback (June 1998)» View all books by Carles Boix
This book shows that partisanship and electoral politics play a role in the selection of policies to generate growth and competitiveness.
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