Conflict, democracy and voter choice: a public choice analysis of the Athenian ostracism

  title={Conflict, democracy and voter choice: a public choice analysis of the Athenian ostracism},
  author={George Tridimas},
  journal={Public Choice},
  • G. Tridimas
  • Published 1 October 2016
  • Political Science
  • Public Choice
Ostracism, the removal of a political leader from ancient Athens for a period of ten years without any additional financial sanction or other punishment, was an important and rather unique institutional aspect of the direct democracy. The present study explains the adoption of ostracism as the utility maximizing choice of a self–interested constitutional writer—cum—political actor to resolve violent political conflict and illustrates that it acted as a type of negative referendum on politicians… 

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