An Economic Theory Of Democracy

Paperback | January 21, 1997

byAnthony Downs

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:January 21, 1997Publisher:Pearson Education

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Table of Contents

I. BASIC STRUCTURE OF THE MODEL.

 1. Introduction.

 2. Party Motivation and the Function of Government in Society.

 3. The Basic Logic of Voting.

 4. The Basic Logic of Government Decision-Making.

II. THE GENERAL EFFECTS OF UNCERTAINTY.

 5. The Meaning of Uncertainty.

 6. How Uncertainty Affects Government Decision-Making.

 7. The Development of Political Ideologies as Means of Getting Votes.

 8. The Statics and Dynamics of Party Ideologies

 9. Problems of Rationality Under Coalition Governments.

10. Government Vote-Maximizing and Individual Marginal Equilibrium.

III. SPECIFIC EFFECTS OF INFORMATION COSTS.

11. The Process of Becoming Informed.

12. How Rational Citizens Reduce Information Costs.

13. The Returns From Information and Their Diminution.

14. The Causes and Effects of Rational Abstention.

IV. DERIVATIVE IMPLICATIONS AND HYPOTHESIS.

15. A Comment on Economic Theories of Government Behavior.

16. Testable Prepositions Derived from the Theory.