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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In essence, he argues that political regimes and transitions are the outcome of the preferences and resources of actors in a given society.

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The introduction and Chapter 1 provide the key arguments of the study, whereas Chapters 2 and 3 delve into empirical evaluation of the model on the basis of mainly nineteenth and twentieth century data and cases.

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Democracy and Redistribution

This is certainly an ambitious endeavor and cannot be verified with such a cursory and selective survey of historical cases for example, Chapter 3. 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Moreover, Chapter 4 extends the argument to include the impact of economic growth, trade, and 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-? Esther Lou rated it really liked it Dec 14, Nov 03, Dylan Groves rated it liked it. Thus he isolates income inequality, mobility of assets, and distribution of political resources as the key variables driving the emergence of democracies.

To ask other readers questions about Democracy and Redistributionplease sign up. Kevin rated it really liked it Nov 09, 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.


Democracy and Redistribution Carles Boix No preview available – For example, the Polity data provides much more variability in the dependent variable score ranging fromcomplete autocracy, to 10, full democracy. Even for the more recent period, Boix has to rely on proxies for the measurement of asset specificity, thus utilizing agricultural share of GDP land immobilityratio of fuel exports over total exports fixed energy productionyears of schooling human capitaland economic concentration as variables.

Ryan Welch rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Andreas Beger rated it it was amazing Dec 04, High income equality and capital mobility are characteristics of a democracy, whereas high income inequality and asset specificity for example, the presence of oil provide support for an authoritarian regime. Democracy and Redistribution by Carles Boix. Be the first to ask a question about Democracy and Redistribution.

Again, I find this to be a curiously minimalist statement given the extensive work by Avner Greif, Douglass C. New Tools and Perspectivesedited by Peter Vikstr? Or, concerning the concluding chapter, what are the concrete policy recommendations arising from this, at times brilliant, study? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Matthias rated it really liked it Aug 19, For example, how mobile is human capital? Backed by detailed historical research and extensive statistical analysis from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in classical Athens.

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Cambridge University Press, Please read our Copyright Information page for important copyright information. The theoretical insights of the book on institutions also leave something to be desired.

Can we test it? Boix then concludes the book with a brief summary of the findings.

Nonetheless, although at one point he maintains that certain aggregate correlations between the key variables for example, between economic development and democracy may not hold for the pre-Second World War era p.


In general, he utilizes panel data regressions extensively, with numerous combinations of dependent usually a binary variable, whether country was or was not a democracy in a given year and independent variables usually various proxies pertaining to income inequality, asset specificity, and political mobilizationand in fact calculates yearly probabilities of democratic transition for the period General, International, or Comparative Time Period s: References to this book Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: Cambridge University Press Amazon.

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 highly mobile p.

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Ike Sharpless rated it liked it Feb 14, Newsletters To join the newsletters dejocracy submit a posting go to click here. Trivia About Democracy and Red John rated it liked it Dec 11, For example, Boix claims redistgibution institutions formal or informal do not matter in the progress towards democracy if income equality and asset mobility are both high p.

Moreover, a strong repressive elite implies a durable authoritarian regime, yet an abundance of political competition leads to revolutions and civil wars p.

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I would argue that institutions are a key reason why this would be the case in the first place. See, for example, Juan J. I do not have much to criticize in terms of xnd model itself for example, the game theoretical modeling or the underlying assumptionsexcept when it comes to the institutional aspects of the theoretical framework.