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An Economic Theory of Democracy 1st Edition

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About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (18611925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner's multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architec

Anthony Downs is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., where he has been since 1977. Before that, he was for 18 years a member and then Chairman of Real Estate Research Corporation, a nationwide consulting firm advising private and public decision-makers on real estate investment, housing policies, and urban affairs. Dr. Downs received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and is the author or co-author of 20 books and over 480 articles. His most famous books are An Economic Theory of Democracy (1957), translated into several foreign languages, and Inside Bureaucracy (1967). His latest books are Stuck in Traffic (1992) and New Visions for Metropolitan America (1994), from Brookings and the Lincoln Institute, A Re-Evaluation of Residential Rent Control (1996), from the Urban Land Institute, and Urban Affairs and Urban Policy and Political Theory and Public Choice (1998), two volumes of his collected essays published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Harper and Row; 1st edition (1957)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060417501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060417505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Down's Economic Theory of Democracy is an easy to read introdution to the basics of voting theory. It is accessible to the casual reader as well as the hardcore acedemic. It's take on the electoral competition have become staples of high school civis as well as acedemic political theory.
Down's most famous innovation is the result that two party competition leads to both parties offering the same platform in order to maximise votes.
0-----25-----50-----75----100 ----------Rep--Dem-----------
This formulation is actually the Hotelling spatial competition model applied to elections. (I thought the economists may be interested!) Morover it froms the basis fro the median voter theorem.
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An Economic Theory of Democracy is among the most influential books in political science. It is also among the most misunderstood. The book has 300 pages of content. The famous median voter theorem represents three of them. The remaining 297 pages involve extensions, limitations and generalizations -- exactly the sort of thing that most critics think it lacks. In the end, the book is really about the problems of limited information rather than about a unidimensional spatial model.
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By Jack on April 5, 2006
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I was assigned several chapters from this book to read for one of my political science classes. I can't say I've come across any other books like this that describe the nature of electoral politics and realignments when they occur.

My professor did mention that this book revolutionized just how we view the electoral process. A good read, one that I would recommend. Diagrams are useful.
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This book was written over 50 years ago, so obviously it's going to be outdated in terms of the state of political science. Nonetheless, it made a crucial contribution for its time. It's biggest contribution is refining the spatial model of political parties and explaining why we see ideological divergence despite the median voter theorem. Some parts of the book don't hold up quite so well 50 years on, but this book still serves as an accessible introduction to the science of electoral politics.
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Brilliant. Probably the first text I can find that launched the field of Public Choice (at least as far as I know). Easy to understand and use.
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I just finished writing a critique on this book for a core political science class and it's definitely a classic. I would recommend it to all political science majors and anybody interested in voting behavior. But again, why is it so expensive?
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