Economic Analysis of Institutional Change in Ancient Greece

Politics, Taxation and Rational Behaviour

By Carl Hampus Lyttkens

© 2013 – Routledge

194 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

1. Ancient Greece, institutional change and economic analysis 2. Historical background. Ancient Greece from the demise of the Mycenaean society to the death of Alexander the Great 3. The emergence of the polis and its institutions 4. The road to democracy part 1: A structural approach 5. The road to democracy part 2: Institutional change as individually rational action 6. Taxation – ubiquitous and telling 7. Institutions and markets 8. Economic analysis of institutional change in ancient Greece – the past meets the present

About the Author

Carl Hampus Lyttkens is a Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Lund, Sweden

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Economic History

This long established series provides a platform for books which break new ground in the understanding of the development of the modern world economy. Equally rooted in economics and history, the series is not limited to any particular period or region. Individual titles focus on particular countries, key industries, themes, or international economic relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Taxation / Small Business
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece