Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

  title={Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy},
  author={D. Acemoglu and J. Robinson},
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. 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… Expand
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Inequality, Collective Action, and Democratization
  • P. Keefer
  • Political Science
  • PS: Political Science & Politics
  • 2009
Epic redistributive struggles between the rich and poor lie at the heart of prominent theories of economic development and the emergence of democracy (e.g., Boix 2003; Acemoglu and Robinson 2006).Expand


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