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Democracy, the Market, and the Logic of Social Choice
This article compares the types of knowledge democracy and the market require to rationally allocate resources. I argue that high levels of public ignorance and voters� inability to compare the
Hypertensive retinopathy and generalized scleroderma.
  • W. Jones, S. Decanio
  • Medicine
    American journal of optometry and physiological…
  • 1 December 1981
A case is presented of hypertensive retinopathy seen in a patient with generalized scleroderma, which makes this case significant.
Religion and Nineteenth-Century Voting Behavior: A New Look at Some Old Data
  • S. Decanio
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Politics
  • 1 May 2007
Recent studies of nineteenth-century voting behavior have focused on how economic variables influenced elections during this period. Employing underutilized individual-level data from the 1870s, this
Beyond marxist state theory: State autonomy in democratic societies
Abstract Recent theories of the state often draw attention to states’ autonomy from social preferences. This paper suggests that the phenomenon of public ignorance is the primary mechanism
Populism, Paranoia, and the Politics of Free Silver
  • S. Decanio
  • Political Science
    Studies in American Political Development
  • 1 April 2011
This essay defends the Populists against charges that they espoused an irrationally conspiratorial view of American history. Focusing on monetary policy, and the free silver issue in particular, I
State Autonomy and American Political Development: How Mass Democracy Promoted State Power
  • S. Decanio
  • Political Science
    Studies in American Political Development
  • 1 October 2005
In the 1980s, many scholars of both comparative and American politics argued that states often act autonomously from social demands. Rejecting reductionist assumptions regarding the primacy of social
Bringing the state back in … again
Abstract Previous scholarship on states’ autonomy from the interests of society has focused primarily on nondemocratic societies, raising the question of whether “state theory” is relevant to modern
Prelude to populism
This article uses underutilized individual-level data to examine who supported two third parties, the Grange and Greenbackers, in the final decades of the nineteenth century. We find that