Costing secrecy

Mark Harrison, 15 January 2014

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From public finance to climate change, democracy looks to be in trouble. In many Western countries, political decisions are gridlocked while economic, social, and environmental imbalances accumulate. Our leaders juggle public opinion, private lobbies, and expert advice while trying to live within past promises and present legal obligations.

Topics: Economic history, Politics and economics
Tags: autocracy, democracy, dictatorship, secrecy, Soviet Union, transaction costs

A theory of military dictatorships

Daron Acemoglu, Davide Ticchi , Andrea Vindigni, 16 June 2008

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Throughout history, the military has been concerned with much more than national defense. In Imperial Rome, for instance, by the era of the mid Empire it had become customary for the military to influence the selection of the new Emperor.

Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: coups, democracy, dictatorship, military, oligarchy, Political Economy

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