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The Political Economy of the Prussian Three-class Franchise

Sascha Becker () and Erik Hornung ()

No 09-19, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Did the Prussian three-class franchise, which politically over-represented the economic elite, affect policy-making? Combining MP-level political orientation, derived from all roll call votes in the Prussian parliament (1867–1903), with constituency characteristics, we analyze how local vote inequality, determined by tax payments, affected policy-making during Prussia’s period of rapid industrialization. Contrary to the predomi-nant view that the franchise system produced a conservative parliament, higher vote inequality is associated with more liberal voting, especially in regions with large-scale industry. We argue that industrialists preferred self-serving liberal policies and were able to coordinate on suitable MPs when vote inequality was high.

Keywords: INEQUALITY; POLITICAL ECONOMY; THREE-CLASS FRANCHISE; ELITES; PRUSSIA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 N43 N93 P26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 80 pages
Date: 2019-06
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