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Conflict, democracy and voter choice: a public choice analysis of the Athenian ostracism

Tridimas, George (2016) Conflict, democracy and voter choice: a public choice analysis of the Athenian ostracism. Public Choice, 170 . [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s11127-016-0379-7

Abstract

Ostracism, the removal of a political leader from ancient Athens for a period often years without any additional financial sanction or other punishment, was an importantand rather unique institutional aspect of the direct democracy. The present study explainsthe adoption of ostracism as the utility maximizing choice of a self–interested constitutionalwriter—cum—political actor to resolve violent political conflict and illustrates that itacted as a type of negative referendum on politicians. Using notions from game theory andspatial decision modeling, the paper goes on to attribute the infrequent use of ostracism toits two-stage decision making process wherein the decisive voter of the first stage differedfrom the decisive voter of the second stage.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Ancient Athens; ostracism; intra–elite conflict; constitutional choice; backward induction
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:36085
Deposited By: Professor George Tridimas
Deposited On:09 Oct 2016 23:35
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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