Lecture 14

and mere numbers quoted in acemoglu and robinson

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Unformatted text preview: ... and mere numbers.” Quoted in Acemoglu and Robinson (2006) Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy... pp. 22,27. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and28, 2009 Analysis October Historical 4 / 12 ‘ Corruption’ Old The post Glorious Revolution system was not very democratic, with ‘ rotten boroughs’and uncontested elections. The rise of the state, as documented by Brewer, also went along side by side with ‘ Old Corruption’ . Yet even prior to the 1832 Reform Act the British political elite began to self-reform. One thing they did was to start cleaning up ‘ Old Corruption’by eliminating sinecures and venal o¢ ceholding. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and28, 2009 Analysis October Historical 5 / 12 English Rotten Boroughs • • • • • • • • • • • For example, in 1831: Old Sarum in Wiltshire had 3 houses and 7 voters East Looe in Cornwall had 167 houses and 38 voters Dunwich in Suffolk had 44 houses and 32 voters (the bulk of the settlements in the borough having fallen into the sea) Plympton Erle in Devon had 182 houses and 40 voters Gatton in Surrey had 23 houses and 7 voters Newtown on the Isle of Wight had 14 houses and 23 voters Bramber in West Sussex had 35 houses and 20 voters Callington in Cornwall had 225 houses...
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