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An economic theory of democracy.

Author: Anthony Downs
Publisher: New York : Harper, [1957]
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This book seeks to elucidate its subject--the governing of democratic states--by making intelligible the party politics of democracies.--From foreword.
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Downs, Anthony.
Economic theory of democracy.
New York, Harper [1957]
(OCoLC)556673698
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Downs
ISBN: 0060417501 9780060417505
OCLC Number: 254197
Awards: American Political Science Association Benjamin E. Lippincott Award, 2007.
Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Part I: Basic Structure of the Model. Introduction --
Party Motivation and the Function of Government in Society --
The Basic Logic of Voting --
The Basic Logic of Government Decision-Making --
Part II: The General Effects of Uncertainty. The Meaning of Uncertainty --
How Uncertainty Affects Government Decision-Making --
The Development of Political Ideologies as Means of Getting Votes --
The Statics and Dynamics of Party Ideologies --
Problems of Rationality Under Coalition Governments --
Government Vote-Maximizing and Individual Marginal Equilibrium --
Part III: Specific Effects of Information Costs. The Process of Becoming Informed --
How Rational Citizens Reduce Information Costs --
The Returns from Information and Their Diminution --
The Causes and Effects of Rational Abstention --
Part IV: Derivative Implications and Hypotheses. A Comment on Economic Theories of Government Behaviour --
Testable Propositions Derived from the Theory --
Bibliography --
Index of Names --
Index of Subjects.
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This book seeks to elucidate its subject--the governing of democratic states--by making intelligible the party politics of democracies.--From foreword.

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