Why Did West Extend the Franchise? Democracy, Ineqiality and Growth in Historical Perspective

  title={Why Did West Extend the Franchise? Democracy, Ineqiality and Growth in Historical Perspective},
  author={Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson},
During the nineteeth century, most Western societies extended the franchise, a decision which led to unprecedented redistributive programs. We argue that these political reforms can be viewed as strategic decisions by political elites to prevent widespread social unrest and revolution. 

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