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The Political Foundations of Democracy and the Rule of Law

Barry R. Weingast
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 91, No. 2 (Jun., 1997), pp. 245-263
DOI: 10.2307/2952354
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2952354
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Abstract

This paper develops a game-theoretic approach to the problem of political officials' respect for political and economic rights of citizens. It models the policing of rights as a coordination problem among citizens, but one with asymmetries difficult to resolve in a decentralized manner. The paper shows that democratic stability depends on a self-enforcing equilibrium: It must be in the interests of political officials to respect democracy's limits on their behavior. The concept of self-enforcing limits on the state illuminates a diverse set of problems and thus serves as a potential basis for integrating the literature. The framework is applied to a range of topics, such as democratic stability, plural societies, and elite pacts. The paper also applies its lessons to the case of the Glorious Revolution in seventeenth-century England.

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