Self‐Enforcing Democracy

Adam Przeworski

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Self‐Enforcing Democracy

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This article examines the conditions under which a self-enforcing democracy would last. A summary of the early nineteenth-century views according to which democracy could not last because it was a mortal threat to property is provided in the first section. The article then summarizes two models that are motivated by a possibility regarding the insufficiency of the degree of income redistribution. Finally, interpretations and extensions of self-enforcing democracy are discussed.

Keywords: self-enforcing democracy; models; income redistribution; inefficiency; interpretations; extensions

Article.  7230 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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