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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Alicia Lissidini rated it liked it Jun 09, The logic is as follows: Bethany Woodson rated it liked it Feb 14, See, for example, Juan J. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Selected pages Title Page. 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, democdacy as using the sliding Polity scale. 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.

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Boix tries to incorporate an element of institutional analysis, for example, in the section attempting explain the size of general and central government revenue, total spending, nonmilitary spending etc. Yet, as usual, redisteibution the lack of data stands in our way. Backed by detailed historical research and extensive statistical analysis from the mid-nineteenth century, the study reveals why democracy emerged in classical Athens.


The theoretical insights of the book on institutions also leave something to be desired. For example, he employs a fairly generous definition of democracy, based on three characteristics: He perceives three possible redistributional outcomes: See especially Robert A. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Democracy and Redistribution

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 ! Nov 03, Dylan Groves rated it liked it. redistributipn

Cambridge University Press, Kevin rated it really liked it Nov 09, The discussion of racial voting barriers redistrkbution the U. Preview — Democracy and Redistribution by Carles Boix.

Maryum Alam rated it really liked it Aug 11, To ask other readers questions about Democracy and Redistribution boi, please sign up. For example, Boix claims that institutions formal or informal do not matter in the progress towards democracy if income equality and asset mobility are both high p. In the aggregate, this study is definitely a worthwhile read, especially its theoretical section.

John rated it liked it Dec 11, It also discusses the early triumph of democracy in both nineteenth-century agrarian Norway, Switzerland and northeastern America and the failure in countries eedistribution a powerful landowning class.


BatesPeter Lange. For example, how mobile is human capital?

David Birken rated it liked it Sep 12, The introduction and Chapter 1 provide the key arguments of the study, whereas Chapters 2 and 3 delve into empirical evaluation of the model redistribugion the basis of mainly nineteenth and twentieth century data and cases. In essence, he argues that political regimes and transitions are the outcome of the preferences and resources of actors in a given society.

Mark rated it really liked it Dec 02, 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.

Chapter 3, however, does not leave the reader as confident. Trivia About Democracy and Red Be the first to ask a question about Democracy and Redistribution. He subsequently utilizes more panel data regressions to analyze the redistributional hypotheses arising from his theory in the later chapters.