Democracy and Knowledge Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens

ISBN-10: 0691146241
ISBN-13: 9780691146249
Edition: 2009
Authors: Josiah Ober
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Athenian Money, Taxes, Revenues
Introduction: Dispersed Knowledge and Public Action
Theory and Practice
Rational Choice and Joint Action
Premises and Problem
Caveats and Method
The Argument and Its Contexts
Experts and Interests
Hypothesis
Assessing Athenian Performance
Historical Evaluation
Aggregate Flourishing
Distribution of Coinage
Athens versus Syracuse and Sparta
Citations in Greek Literature and Other Measures
Athens ? 12: A Multiperiod Case Study
Democracy as an Explanatory Variable
Republics, Democracies, and Athenian Exceptionalism
Competition, Scale, and Varieties of Knowledge
Competition and Its Consequences
Participation and Scale
Social, Technical, and Latent Knowledge
Preferences, Parties, and Costly Information
Hierarchy, Democracy, and Productivity
Knowledge Processes as Public-Action Strategies
Aggregation: Networks, Teams, and Experts
Institutional Design: Incentives, Low Cost, Sorting
Establishing a Naval Station, 32S/4 B. C.
Demes and Tribes as Social Networks
The Council of 500: Structural Holes and Bridging Ties
Organizational and Individual Learning
Boards of Magistrates as Real Teams
Ostracism, Assembly, and People's Courts
Alignment: Common Knowledge, Commitment, and Coordination
Alignment and Hierarchy
Following Leaders, Rules, and Commitments
Cascading and Social Equilibrium
A Trial for Treason, 330 B.C.
Common Knowledge and Publicity
Rational Rituals and Public Monuments
Architecture and Intervisibility
Scaling Common Knowledge
Codification: Access, Impartiality, and Transaction Costs
Intention and Interpretation
Open Entry, Fair Procedure, and Transaction Costs
A Law on Silver Coinage, 375/4 B.C.
Silver Owls, Athenian and Imitation
Approval, Certification, Confiscation
Legal Standing and Social Status
Rules and Rents: Historical Survey
Expanding Access
Democracy and Social Security
Horizons of Fairness
Conclusions: Government by the People
Knowledge in Action
The Democracy/Knowledge Hypothesis Revisited
Formality and Experimentation
Institutions and Ideology
Exceptionalism and Exemplarity
Aggregate Material Flourishing
Distribution of Coins in Hoards
Prominence in Classical Greek Literature
Impact of Constitution and Historical Experience
Athenian State Capacity and Democracy, 600–250 B. C.
Bibliography
Index

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