The Political Economy of Forgiveness

Society, Forthcoming

Posted: 29 Jun 2006 Last revised: 8 Sep 2010

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 7, 2010

Abstract

The turn of the century witnessed the emergence of several new democracies wrestling with the past of oppressive state regimes that committed atrocities on their own citizens. In East and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East, new governments and their citizens are determining precisely how to balance past and present. In the mid-20th century, Germany and Japan had to negotiate a similar political terrain. Our paper is focused on past injustices perpetrated by totalitarian regimes and using basic economic reasoning we attempt to clear a path for reconciliation and thus hope for a future of peace and prosperity.

Keywords: transitional justice

JEL Classification: D63, D70, P26

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Coyne, Christopher J., The Political Economy of Forgiveness (September 7, 2010). Society, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=911655

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Christopher J. Coyne

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