An Economic Theory of Democracy
Harper, 1957 - 310 pages
This book seeks to elucidate its subject-the governing of democratic state-by making intelligible the party politics of democracies. Downs treats this differently than do other students of politics. His explanations are systematically related to, and deducible from, precisely stated assumptions about the motivations that attend the decisions of voters and parties and the environment in which they act. He is consciously concerned with the economy in explanation, that is, with attempting to account for phenomena in terms of a very limited number of facts and postulates. He is concerned also with the central features of party politics in any democratic state, not with that in the United States or any other single country.
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Seen as a group, the citizens who vote by preference determine the immediate
outcome of the election and have a strong effect on the long-run development of
party policies. Citizens who vote randomly exercise only the latter effect, since ...
Abstention from voting effect of income upon, 265-266, 272-273, 299 influence
upon ideologies, 120 when rational, 39, 119-120, 260 ff., 299 Arrow-problem
definition, 60-61 evasion of, 18, 68 impact on model, 62 relation to attainment of ...
rise of third parties in, 127-129, 131-132, 297 Uncertainty as cause of inequality,
93-94 as cause of influence and persuasion, 83 ff. counteracts redistribution of
incomes, 199-202 definition, 77 effect on information costs, 236 impact on logic of