Economic origins of dictatorship and democracy acemoglu daron on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers economic origins of dictatorship and democracy. Economic origins of dictatorship and democracy 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. 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. Acemoglu and robinson present a clear straightforward and compelling explanation of the conditions under which political democracy emerges from dictatorship the strength of their analysis as they repeated tell us flows from their use of that key tool on the economists workbench the so called rational actor model p 19. What forces lead to democracys creation why does it sometimes consolidate only to collapse at other times written by two of the foremost authorities on this subject in the world this volume develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy
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