Understanding the politics of Pericles around 450 BC: The benefits of an economic perspective

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Pericles is usually viewed as a great statesman and clever leader of the Athenians. In the mid-fifth century BC, however, he seems to have been in serious political trouble and may well have been in danger of losing a political struggle against his opponent Kimon. The fact that his incentives changed considerably at this point in time seems to have escaped attention in the literature. In contrast, we see this fierce competition as a motivation for several important policy measures that Pericles introduced 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. An economic rational-actor approach thus provides a diachronic analytical benefit by focusing on the way in which incentives change over time and a synchronic benefit by considering various decisions in a common framework.
Titel på värdpublikationAncient History and Contemporary Social Science
RedaktörerMirko Canevaro, Andrew Erskine, Benjamin Grey, Josiah Ober
FörlagEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (tryckt)978-1-4744-2177-5
StatusPublished - 2018 juli


NamnEdinburgh Leventis Studies

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Antikvetenskap
  • Nationalekonomi


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