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Democracy and Redistribution

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ISBN-10: 0521532671

ISBN-13: 9780521532679

Edition: 2003

Authors: Carles Boix, Robert H. Bates, Ellen Comisso, Joel Migdal, Helen Milner

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When do countries democratize? What facilitates the survival of authoritarian regimes? What determines the occurrence of revolutions, often leading to left-wing dictatorships, such as the Soviet regime? Although a large literature has developed since Aristotle through contemporary political science to answer these questions, we still lack a convincing understanding of the process of political development. Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a complete theory of political transitions, in which political regimes ultimately hinge on the nature of economic assets, their distribution among individuals, and the balance of power among different social groups.…    
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Carles Boix is the Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs in the Department of Politics and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His first book, Political Parties, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 1998), examines the different means through which partisan governments manage the economy in a globalized world. In his more recent work, Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Boix describes the economic and institutional conditions that lead to democratization. Both books received the William Riker award for the best book on political economy. Boix coedited the Oxford Handbook of…    

Introduction
A theory of political transitions
Empirical evidence
Historical evidence
Theoretical extensions: a. Growth, trade, and democracy
Political institutions
Democracy and the public sector
The state, the threat of expropriation, and the possibility of development
Conclusions