The egalitarian battlefield: Reflections on the origins of majority rule in archaic Greece

@article{Pitsoulis2011TheEB,
  title={The egalitarian battlefield: Reflections on the origins of majority rule in archaic Greece},
  author={Athanassios Pitsoulis},
  journal={European Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2011},
  volume={27},
  pages={87-103}
}
We explore the emergence of formal institutions of majority rule in archaic Greece from a historical and conflict-theoretic perspective. Referring to ancient and modern sources we first conclude that institutions of majority rule entered Greek collective decision-making in the seventh century BC. We argue that this development must be seen in connection with the local economic growth pattern and the adoption of a highly idiosyncratic form of warfare, which enabled Greek city-states to mobilize… Expand

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