The Political Economy of the Prussian Three-Class Franchise

  title={The Political Economy of the Prussian Three-Class Franchise},
  author={Sascha O. Becker and Erik Hornung},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={1143 - 1188}
How did the Prussian three-class franchise, which politically over-represented the economic elite, affect policies? Contrary to the predominant and simplistic view that the system allowed the landed elites to capture most political rents, we find that members of parliament from constituencies with a higher vote inequality support more liberal policies, gauging their political orientation from the universe of roll call votes cast in parliament during Prussia’s rapid industrialization (1867–1903… 
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