In law we trust (each other) : legal institutions, democratic stability and economic development in classical Athens

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This dissertation investigates the institutional roots of democratic consolidation and economic resilience in the aftermath of war in classical Athens. I argue that, to overcome the threats of internal violence and limited resources, the Athenians established a new, self-enforcing constitution. The new constitutional order enabled the polis to harness the economic potential of available resources and actors—thus maximizing economic efficiency—without loss of political stability in the form of devolution into protracted civil war and without elite capture. In particular, the constitution fostered stability and growth by creating an inclusive legal order capable of providing a) broad institutional access to political as well as economic actors, and b) coordination between centralized and decentralized law enforcement institutions, which allowed for the effective policing of wrongdoing and a fair distribution of public goods.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2015
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Carugati, Maria Federica
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Classics.
Primary advisor Ober, Josiah
Primary advisor Weingast, Barry R
Thesis advisor Ober, Josiah
Thesis advisor Weingast, Barry R
Thesis advisor Carawan, Edwin
Thesis advisor Morris, Ian
Thesis advisor Nightingale, Andrea Wilson
Advisor Carawan, Edwin
Advisor Morris, Ian
Advisor Nightingale, Andrea Wilson


Genre Theses

Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility Maria Federica Carugati.
Note Submitted to the Department of Classics.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2015.
Location electronic resource

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© 2015 by Maria Federica Carugati
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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