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Democratic Theory/Barry: International democracy theory has been shaped for almost three decades by two books written by economists: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter (1942) (1) and An Economic Theory of Democracy by Anthony Downs (1957 (2). In the history of theory there are only a few works on economic democracy theory (cf. however the works of Brian Barry 1970) (3).
The idea that both parties and voters are benefit maximizing and democracy has no intrinsic value is one of the central assumptions of (almost) all rational-choice-inspired democracy theories and election analyses.


1. J. A. Schumpeter, Capitalism, socialism, and democracy. New York 1942. [dt. Kapitalismus, Sozialismus und Demokratie. Tübingen/Basel 2005.
2. A. Downs, An economic theory of democracy. New York 1957; [dt. Ökonomische Theorie der Demokratie. Tübingen 1968.
3. B. Barry, Sociologists, economists, and democracy. Chicago 1970.


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EconBarry I
Brian Barry
Sociologists,economists, and democracy Chicago 1970

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018


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