Sunday, 24 May 2009

Why democracy needs education: an economist's view

It may just be that I am not an economist, but this construction of every type of motivation in terms of incentives is hilarious.

This is why democracy needs education, according to Glaeser et al

"In the battle between democracy and dictatorship, democracy has a wide potential base of support but offers weak incentives to its defenders. Dictatorship provides stronger incentives to a narrower base. As education raises the benefits of civic engagement, it raises participation in support of a broad-based regime (democracy) relative to that in support of a narrow-based regime (dictatorship). This increases the likelihood of successful democratic revolutions against dictatorships, and reduces that of successful anti-democratic coups."

Glad we settled that.

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