Public Choice Theory

Term 1, Week 7

Public Choice Theory, POLS 221

Early forms of Government

General reference: Sánchez Molinero, J.M. (2000) “The Origins of the State: From Reciprocity to Coercive Power.” Constitutional Political Economy 11: 231-253. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A%3A1009004906543#

See also the first part of

De la Sierra, Raul Sanchez. 2013. “On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo.” http://www.columbia.edu/~rs2861/Jobmarketpaper.pdf.

POLS 221

 

  1. What is the problem of anarchy for human welfare, and how do small groups such as tribes provide a form of solution to this problem?

 

Olson, M. (1995) “Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development”, American Political Science Review, 87, (3) Sept. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/2938736

North, D.C., Wallis, J.J. and Wiengast (2006) A Conceptual Framework For Interpreting Recorded Human History, NBER Working Paper Series, (this is a free pdf of the book by the same title, http://www.nber.org/papers/w12795.pdf?new_window=1

Kurrild-Klitgaard, Peter, and Gert Tinggaard Svendsen. “Rational Bandits: Plunder, Public Goods, and the Vikings.” Public Choice 117, no. 3/4 (December 1, 2003): 255–272. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30025905

(Maybe also see Besley, T., Fetzer, T., and Mueller, H. (2015). The Welfare Cost of Lawlessness: Evidence from Somali Piracy. Journal of the European Economic Association 13, 203–239).

  1. How do bandits provide problems for and also solutions to the welfare of the people?

 

Watt, P.A. (2006) “Principles and Theories of Local Government,” Economic Affairs, Vol. 26, No 1, March pp. 4-10. http://www.iea.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/files/upldeconomicAffairs311pdfSummary.pdf

Olson, M. (1995) “Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development”, American Political Science Review, 87, (3) Sept. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/2938736

 

  1. How does democracy provide a solution to the problem of dynamic inconsistency

 

Olson, M. (1995) “Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development”, American Political Science Review, 87, (3) Sept. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/2938736

 

  1. How do Olson’s theories of the development of democracy appear to have played out in ancient Greece?

 

Press, Fleck, Robert K & Hanssen, F Andrew, 2006. “The Origins of Democracy: A Model with Application to Ancient Greece,” Journal of Law & Economics, vol. 49(1), , April. pages 115-46, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501088

 

Olson, M. (1995) “Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development”, American Political Science Review, 87, (3) Sept. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/2938736

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