Ulster University Logo

Cleisthenes’ Choice: The Emergence of Direct Democracy in Ancient Athens

Tridimas, George (2011) Cleisthenes’ Choice: The Emergence of Direct Democracy in Ancient Athens. Journal of Economic Asymmetries, 8 . pp. 41-61. [Journal article]

[img] Microsoft Word


The paper uses political economy methodology to analyze the shift from aristocracy to democracy at the end of 6th century BC in ancient Athens. It is argued that conditioned by pre-existing institutional arrangements and the political conflicts of the time, Cleisthenes, the constitutional framer, chose the institutions that maximized his expected net benefit. Involving the citizens directly in political decision making provided strong protection against the threats to their standing and led to the establishment of direct democracy using a simple majority rule rather than representative government.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Ancient Athens, Direct democracy; Majority voting; Cleisthenes
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:24220
Deposited By: Professor George Tridimas
Deposited On:18 Dec 2012 09:28
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:06

Repository Staff Only: item control page