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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But men live in society and in a world of scarce resources; so when each pursues
his own goals, his actions affect other men. Furthermore, these other men never
have precisely the same goals that he has. Therefore, conflicts between men ...
True, our later analysis shows that government could move society to a Paretian
optimum if it could infallibly judge every individual's income-earning potential,
measure his benefits and costs cheaply, directly, and without error, and pass ...
Furthermore, similar preference structures are likely to exist in any society which
has a per capita income above the subsistence level, i.e., in which nearly
everyone produces an output in excess of what is necessary to keep him alive. In