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Why Did West Extend the Franchise? Democracy, Ineqiality and Growth in Historical Perspective

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson ()

Working papers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics

Abstract: During the nineteeth century, most Western societies extended the franchise, a decision which led to unprecedented redistributive programs. We argue that these political reforms can be viewed as strategic decisions by political elites to prevent widespread social unrest and revolution.

Keywords: DEMOCRACY; ECONOMIC GROWTH; REVOLUTION (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 1997
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