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Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

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This book systematically explains why some countries are democracies while others are not.

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  • Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Cambridge University Press) – Trade paperback (2009)
    by Professor Daron Acemoglu, James A Robinson

    Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
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    Trade paperback, Cambridge University Press
    2009
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    ISBN: 0521671426
    ISBN-13: 9780521671422

    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 ... Show more

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Excellent treatment of a difficult topic

by N V D on Sep 12, 2013

Authors have done an excellent job bringing rigorous mathemathical treatment down to earth for readers not well versed in mathematical and statistical logic. Results are stunning in their implications in societies that seem to be in transition for either result: democracy or dictatorship!

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