Understanding the Politics of Perikles around 450 BC: the benefits of an economic perspective

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Abstract

Perikles is usually seen as a great statesman and clever leader of the Athenians. In the mid fifth century BC, he seems however to have been in serious political trouble and may well have been in danger of losing the struggle for power and of being ostracised. The fact that his Incentives changed considerably at this point in time is ignored in traditional historical accounts. In contrast, we see the fierce competition as a motivation for several important policy measures introduced by Perikles at this particular time: the pay to jurors, the new law on citizenship (which has been a puzzle to many historians), and the building projects on the Acropolis and elsewhere. Compared to traditional analyses, an economic rational-actor approach thus provides a diachronic analytical benefit by focusing on the way incentives change over time and it provides a synchronic benefit by dealing with various decisions in a common framework.

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Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Nationalekonomi
  • Historia och arkeologi

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Originalspråkengelska
FörlagDepartment of Economics, Lund Universtiy
Antal sidor23
StatusPublished - 2015
PublikationskategoriForskning

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NamnWorking Paper / Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University
Nr.13