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file: “Olsonpaper” Summary of Mancur Olson's, "Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development" 1 Central points: 2 No society can work well if it does not have a peaceful order and usually other public goods as well. 3 Small groups can supply this peaceful order; large groups cannot. --Logic of collective action 4 So how have large groups avoided anarchy? 5 Distinguish between: 6 Roving bandits , and 7 Stationary bandits . --Describe (1) and (2) 8 Most of human history, since the invention of agriculture, has involved some roving bandit establishing himself as a stationary bandit. 9 The stationary bandit does provide overall (net) benefits: 10 A roving bandit has no concern for the long-term welfare of those from whom he steals. 11 A stationary bandit does have an interest in having a productive society, though for an entirely self- interested reason:
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12 The reason is that he can take a portion of this production for himself. 13
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