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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However, some of the choices made in the testing of these hypotheses can be challenged and decrease the overall value of the empirical findings.

It also covers the early triumph of democracy in nineteenth-century agrarian Norway, Switzerland and northeastern America as well as its failure in countries with a powerful landowning class. Maryum Alam recistribution it really liked it Aug 11, To begin with, the model based on game theory developed in the book is remarkably clear and persuasive. Maria rated it liked it Mar 19, Cambridge University Press Amazon.

Democracy and Redistribution by Carles Boix

Open Preview See a Problem? Esther Lou rated it really liked it Dec 14, Thus, following Juan Linz[2], I think it would strengthen the empirical dimension of the book to allow for more flexibility in analyzing and ad the regime types, such as using the sliding Polity scale. Ryan Welch rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Second, there seems to be no clear justification for bokx on just these two cases per se, or on these two particular time periods. An Introduction Todd Landman No preview available – Nonetheless, although at one point he maintains that certain aggregate correlations between the key variables for example, between economic development and democracy may not hold for the pre-Second World War era p. Lists with This Book. Nov 03, Dylan Groves rated it liked it.

Hugh rated it really liked it Sep 08, 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 which even a cursory perusal of the regression statistics would suggest could have been investigated further p.

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Democracy and Redistribution

The second data set redistributipn the periodwith which he, by and large, replicates the analysis for a longer time period in order to investigate the causes of the move towards democracy by most Western nations in the beginning of the twentieth century. Boix then concludes the book with a brief summary of the findings.

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Finally, Chapter 6 on rent expropriation leaves this reader somewhat confused — why is rent seeking necessarily synonymous with corruption? Herbert KitscheltSteven I. Nibedita Kar rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Moreover, a strong repressive elite implies a durable authoritarian regime, yet an abundance of political competition leads to revolutions and civil wars p. Even for the more recent period, Boix carkes to rely on proxies for the measurement of asset specificity, thus utilizing agricultural share of GDP land immobilityratio of redistdibution exports over total exports fixed energy productionyears of schooling human capitaland economic concentration as variables.


His book first sets up a testable theoretical framework and then proceeds to engage in empirical analysis and discussion of extensions of the basic model. David Birken rated it liked it Sep 12, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

How does Boix go about doing that? Furthermore, the use of various types of proxies, especially in the analysis of the longer period, for the independent variables is problematic. Nathan rated it liked it Mar 09, Newsletters To join the newsletters or submit a posting go to click here. In the aggregate, this study is definitely a worthwhile read, especially its theoretical section.