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Democratic Errors

Christopher J. Ellis and John Fender

Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

Abstract: We combine Acemoglu and Robinson’s model of the economic origins of democracy with Lohmann’s model of political mass protest. This allows us to analyze the economic causes of political regime change based on the microfoundations of revolution. We are able to derive conditions under which democracy arises peacefully, when it occurs only after a revolution, and when oligarchy persists. We model these possibilities in a world of asymmetric information where information cascades are possible, and where these cascades may involve errors in the sense that they make everyone worse off.

Keywords: Democracy; Information Cascades; Revolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H0 P16 P4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2010-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-cta and nep-pol
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