Does a Window of Opportunity Swing Open for the Knaves When the Lords Have a Skirmish?

26 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014 Last revised: 20 Apr 2017

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Timofey Ginker

Bar-Ilan University

Konstantin Yanovskiy

Shomron Center for Economic Policy Research

Sergei Zhavoronkov

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Date Written: November 21, 2014

Abstract

Notes on the Endogenous Generation of Political Competition. An attempt at a formalized description of the formation process of constitutionally limited Government when a balance of forces is preserved among the "bandits" (strongmen) competing for power. Magna Carta treaty as institution, causing (strengthening) incentive among free armed individuals to prevent strongest bandit from the treaty conditions breach and individual rights' violation, considered as a pattern of necessary preconditions' creation for system of Limited Government.

The Model developed in the paper could explain some cases of endogenous arising of politically competitive system of government and Government restricting constitutional agreements.

Few cases analysis – both historical and currently observed (Eastern Europe, Middle East) is provided for illustration of the Model. The implications for the attempts to establish or to support the new democracies in the countries with long lasted tradition of Bandits’ rule proposed.

Keywords: Limited government, Bandit competition, stalemate, Foreign Player

JEL Classification: D74, N10

Suggested Citation

Ginker, Timofey and Yanovskiy, Konstantin and Zhavoronkov, Sergei, Does a Window of Opportunity Swing Open for the Knaves When the Lords Have a Skirmish? (November 21, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529014 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2529014

Timofey Ginker

Bar-Ilan University ( email )

Ramat Gan, 5290002
Israel

Konstantin Yanovskiy (Contact Author)

Shomron Center for Economic Policy Research ( email )

Kley Shir 8
Karney Shomron, 44855

Sergei Zhavoronkov

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

3-5 Gazetny Lane
Moscow, 125009
Russia

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