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The Political Economy of Dictatorship

The Political Economy of Dictatorship

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  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794497

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  • Although much of the world still lives today, as always, under dictatorship, the behavior of these regimes and of their leaders often appears irrational and mysterious. This book uses rational choice theory to understand dictators: How do "successful" dictatorships stay in power? What determines the repressiveness of a regime? How do their economies work? The book contains many applications, including chapters on Nazi Germany, Soviet Communism, South Africa under apartheid, and Pinochet's Chile. It also provides a guide to the policies that should be followed by the democracies towards dictatorships.

    • One of the only recent scholarly studies investigating dictatorship from a full political economy perspective
    • Author has published one coauthored and two coedited studies with the Press
    • Can be used as supplementary text in courses on political economy, political and economic systems, from upper-undergraduate level upwards
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    "At last we have a systematic, analytic account of dictatorship and authoritarian regimes. Wintrobe covers a range of topics, including the differential impacts of dictatorship and democracy on economic growth and redistribution. He also develops a theory of bureaucratic competition to explain how some dictatorships become effective mobilizers of social and economic resources. The range of applications is impressive, from the study of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, South African Apartheid, to ethnic conflict. Scholars may not always agree with Wintrobe, but they will always find him provocative and worth their effort." Barry R. Weingast, Stanford University

    "The analysis of dictatorship has been a glaring gap in the public choice literature. Ronald Wintrobe's fine book admirably fills this gap." Dennis C. Mueller, University of Vienna

    "...there is a wealth of insight here for everyone interested in probing the depths of the political id..." Leonard Dudley, Canadian Journal of Political Science

    "The book explores both the politics and the economics of dictatorships and the interaction between them...It also provides a guide to the policies that should be followed by democracies moving toward dictatorship." The African Sun Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794497
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The problem
    2. The dictator's dilemma
    Part II. Equilibrium Political Repression:
    3. The tinpot and the totalitarian
    4. Tyranny and timocracy
    5. A more general model
    Part III. Economics of Autocracy:
    6. The economy of dictatorship
    7. Redistribution and rent-seeking
    8. Apartheid
    9. The bureaucratic economy I: the model
    10. The bureaucratic economy II: rise and fall
    Part IV. The Dynamics of Dictatorship:
    11. Democracy in the inaction zone
    12. Ethnic conflict and nationalism: from expressionism and futurism to kitsch
    13. The simple economics of criminal bureaucratic responsibility
    Part V. Conclusion:
    14. The machinery of dictatorship

  • Author

    Ronald Wintrobe, University of Western Ontario

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