Brunk_et_al. - April 2005 Comments on: Brunk, Caldeira, and...

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April 2005 Comments on: Brunk, Caldeira, and Lewis-Beck, "Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: An Empirical Inquiry" Introduction 1 The authors here point out that one can find a variety of arguments in the literature on the relationship between a country's economic system and the country's political system. 2 In particular, one can advance four competing, incompatible propositions about the nature of this relationsip: 3 The Classical Liberal Model: 4 Claude (1976): The "larger the proportion of the population involved in the private distribution of goods and services, the greater the tendency to define citizen roles in terms of legal guarantees for the free exchange of men and ideas congruent with existing economic market conditions." 5 Friedman (1962): Concentrated governmental power threatens economic freedom, for the free market demands a dispersed organizational form. 6 To prevent governmental intervention in the marketplace, political institutions must be designed to check the centralization of power. 7 In a capitalist democracy, public officials find it difficult to silence a critic of the regime, for he can organize and support himself in the private sector, beyond the reach of the heavy hand of the government. 8
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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Brunk_et_al. - April 2005 Comments on: Brunk, Caldeira, and...

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