Employing analytical tools borrowed from game theory, Carles Boix offers a from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in. Carles Boix’s ‘Democracy and Redistribution’. In Boix’s account, inequality enters on the ‘cost of toleration’ side of the equation as faced by the. Published by (February ). Carles Boix, Democracy and Redistribution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xiii + pp.

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Boix then concludes the book with a brief summary of the findings. Thus, following Juan Linz[2], I think it would strengthen the empirical dimension of the book to allow for more flexibility in analyzing and interpreting the regime types, such as using the sliding Polity scale.

His research interests include corporate political action in the long run, defense economics and the financing of wars, as well as the analysis of government spending in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Backed by detailed historical research and extensive statistical analysis from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in classical Athens.

Trivia About Democracy and Red Wilkinson Limited preview – Boix argues that the challenge to the ruling elites comes from the lower classes, who wish to change the redistributional equilibrium in the society p. Shuan rated it really liked it Jan 24, Democracy and Redistribution Carles Boix No preview available – Paperbackpages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Democracy and Redistribution

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In essence, he argues that political regimes and transitions are the outcome of the preferences and resources of actors in a given society. John rated it liked it Dec 11, Eloranta, Jari Published by EH. In fact, Switzerland, one of the cases scoring a full 10 on the Polity scale like the United States every since year throughout the nineteenth century, did not allow women the right to vote until !


Please read our Copyright Information page for important copyright information. Matthias rated it really liked it Aug 19, Furthermore, the use of various types of proxies, especially in the analysis of the longer period, for the independent variables is problematic.

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Hugh rated it really liked it Sep 08, Moreover, a strong repressive elite implies a durable authoritarian regime, yet an abundance of political rediwtribution leads to revolutions and civil wars p.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mark rated it really liked it Dec 02, Be the first to ask a question about Democracy and Redistribution. Esther Lou rated it really liked it Dec 14, Backed up by drmocracy historical work and extensive statistical analysis that goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, this book explains, among many other things, why democracy emerged in classical Athens.

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Democracy and Redistribution

However, the empirical testing of the model has both strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, it reditsribution be interesting to test for certain threshold levels for the various variables, since it is very difficult to conceptualize low versus moderate levels of income inequality or variability between limited versus full democracies. He illustrates this by focusing on the three key variables inequality, asset specificity, repression costsciting the U.

Democracy and Redistribution by Carles Boix. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. He subsequently utilizes more panel data regressions to analyze the redistributional hypotheses arising from democracyy theory in the later chapters. In addition, the transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one can be peaceful if there is only a moderate level of economic inequality or the assets are highly mobile p.


High income equality and capital mobility are characteristics of a democracy, whereas high income inequality and asset specificity for example, boux presence of oil provide support for an authoritarian regime. Want to Read saving….

This is certainly an ambitious endeavor and cannot be verified with such a cursory and selective survey of historical cases for example, Chapter 3. Finally, Chapter 6 on rent expropriation leaves this reader somewhat confused — why is rent seeking necessarily synonymous with corruption?

Moreover, why measure pre-Second World War income inequality via the distribution of agrarian property and the quality of human capital? He also does not give any justification for his choice of control variables or dedicate too much attention to analyzing them, even though the role of religion as an explanatory force boux even a cursory perusal of the regression statistics would suggest could have been investigated further p.

In general, Boix criticizes earlier research for being too general in scope i. Andy rated it it was ok Aug 30, He perceives three possible redistributional outcomes: In addition, the author does not spend much time discussing, for example, panel data techniques he uses OLS with panel corrected standard errorspossible specification problems, or the risk of spurious correlation due to, for example, the possible presence of unit roots.