Economic Analysis of Institutional Change in Ancient Greece

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This book presents an economic analysis of the causes and consequences of institutional change in ancient Athens. Focusing on the period 800-300 BCE, it looks in particular at the development of political institutions and taxation, including a new look at the activities of individuals like Solon, Kleisthenes and Perikles and on the changes in political rules and taxation after the Peloponnesian War.

 

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Michael Ventris died in 1956, so he could not have deciphered Linear B in 1957 (p. 29). Do your homework, man.

Contents

1 Ancient Greece Institutional Change and Economic Analysis
1
Ancient Greece from the Demise of the Mycenaean Society to the Death of Alexander the Great
27
3 The Emergence of the Polis and Its Institutions
34
a Structural Approach
52
Institutional Change as Individually Rational Action
70
6 Taxation A Ubiquitous Phenomenon If There Is One
96
7 Institutions and Markets
118
8 Economic Analysis of Institutional Change in Ancient Athens The Past Meets the Present
135
Glossary
143
Notes
146
Bibliography
167
Index of Passages Cited
180
Index
182
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Carl Hampus Lyttkens is a Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Lund, Sweden

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