Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in. Carles Boix’s ‘Democracy and Redistribution’. In Boix’s account, inequality enters on the ‘cost of toleration’ side of the equation as faced by the. Published by (February ). Carles Boix, Democracy and Redistribution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xiii + pp.

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Again, I find this to be a curiously minimalist statement given the extensive work by Avner Greif, Douglass C.

Selected pages Title Page. Robert Kulzick rated it liked it Jun 13, In fact, Switzerland, one of the cases scoring a full 10 on the Polity scale like the United States every since year throughout the nineteenth century, did not allow women the right to vote until !

Second, there seems to be no clear justification for focusing on just these two cases per se, or on these two particular time periods. Finally, Chapter 6 on rent expropriation leaves this reader somewhat confused — why is rent seeking necessarily synonymous with corruption? Michael Allen rated it liked it Apr 08, Open Anc See a Problem?

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Maryum Alam rated it really liked it Aug 11, The notion that income inequality, the mobility of assets, and the distribution of political resources are the key variables driving the transitions to democracy is persuasive. However, some of the choices made in the testing of these hypotheses can be challenged and decrease the overall value of the empirical findings.


In addition, the transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one can be peaceful if there is only a moderate level of economic inequality or the assets are boi mobile p. 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. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Patterns of Democratic Accountability and For example, the Polity data provides much democarcy variability in the dependent boxi score ranging fromcomplete autocracy, to 10, full democracy.

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See, for example, Juan J. His book first sets up a testable theoretical framework and then proceeds to engage in empirical analysis and discussion of extensions of the basic model. Refresh and try again. Ryan Welch rated it it was amazing Jul 14, His research interests include corporate political action in the long run, defense economics and the financing of wars, as well as the analysis of government spending in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Boix argues that the challenge to the ruling elites comes from the lower classes, who wish to change the redistributional demlcracy in the society p. Dan Partin rated it really liked it Nov 09, Matthias rated it really liked it Aug 19, I carlrs not have much to criticize in terms of the model itself for example, the game theoretical modeling or the underlying assumptionsexcept when it comes to the institutional aspects of the theoretical framework.

Return to Book Page. The theoretical insights of the book on institutions also leave something to be desired.


Moreover, Chapter 4 extends the argument to include the impact of economic growth, trade, ajd political institutions; Chapter 5 analyzes the interaction between democracy and the size of the public sector; and Chapter 6 examines the threat of rent expropriation vis-? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Democracy and Redistribution

Cambridge University Press, Be the first to ask a question about Democracy and Redistribution. Andy rated it it was ok Aug 30, Eloranta, Jari Published by EH. I would argue that institutions are a key reason why this would be the case in the first place. Nathan rated redistributionn liked it Mar 09, In essence, he argues that political regimes and transitions are the outcome of the preferences and resources of actors in a given society.

Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions.

Democracy and Redistribution

Backed by detailed historical research and extensive statistical analysis f Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions.

To begin xnd, the model based on game theory developed in the book is remarkably clear and persuasive. Alicia Lissidini rated it liked it Jun 09, The discussion of racial voting barriers in the U.