Democratization or Repression?
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English

Democratization or Repression?

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Regimes controlled by a rich elite often collapse and make way for democracy amidst
widespread social unrest. Such regime changes are often followed by redistribution to the
poor at the expense of the former elite. We argue that the reason why the elite may have
to resort to full-scale democratization, despite its apparent costs to themselves, may be
that lesser concessions would be viewed as a sign a weakness and spur further unrest and
more radical demands. The elite may therefore be forced to choose between repression
and the most generous concession, a transition to full democracy.

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Publié le 11 mai 2012
Nombre de lectures 11
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 1 Mo

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Digitized the Internet Archiveby in 2011 with funding from Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries http://www.archive.org/details/democratizationoOOacem BJ1 M415 o /D-2' working paper department ofeconomics Democratization or Repression? Daron Acemoglu James A. Robinson massachusetts institute of technology 50 memorial drive Cambridge, mass. 02139 WORKING PAPER DEPARTMENT \ OF ECONOMICS Democratization or Repression? Daron Acemoglu James A. Robinson 99-27No. October 1999 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 50 MEMORIAL DRIVE CAMBRIDGE, MASS. 02142 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OFTECHNOLOGY GNOV 2 1999 LIBRARIES July, 1999. Democratization or Repression?* Daron Acemoglu^ James A. Robinson* Abstract controlled richRegimes by a elite often collapse and make way for democracy amidst widespread social unrest. Such regime changes are often followed by redistribution to the poor at the expense of the former elite. We argue that the reason why the elite may have to resort to full-scale democratization, despite its apparent costs to themselves, may be that lesser concessions would be viewed as a sign a weakness and spur further unrest and more radical demands. The elite may therefore be forced to choose between repression and the most generous concession, a transition to full democracy. Aghion for useful comments and help with the presentation,*Wc thank Philippe t email: daron@mit.eduDepartment of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, StanfordtDcpartmcnt of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley and Hoover Institute, robinson@hoover.stanford.eduUniversity, email:
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