The Constitutional Economics of Autocratic Succession

  title={The Constitutional Economics of Autocratic Succession},
  author={Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard},
  journal={Public Choice},
The paper extends and empirically tests GordonTullock's public choice theory of the nature of autocracy. A simple model of the relationship between constitutional rules governing succession in autocratic regimes and the occurrence of coups against autocrats is sketched. The model is applied to a case study of coups against monarchs in Denmark in the period ca. 935–1849. A clear connection is found between the specific constitutional rules governing succession and the frequency of coups… Expand
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