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Evolutionary Approaches to Politics

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  • Wohlgemuth, Michael
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    Evolutionary approaches to politics are rare. But politics can be analysed in evolutionary terms of variation, selection, imitation or path-dependency, following Schumpeter's vision of "political entrepreneurship" or Hayek's view of democracy as a process of opinion-formation. Democracy can even be regarded a procedure for the discovery and social use of dispersed knowledge and skills with political entrepreneurs' creating attention for new issues. Direct democracy is argued to support this. In addition, inter-jurisdictional competition is argued to introduce valuable forms of parallel learning in politics. Evolutionary concepts can be applied to politics. Copyright 2002 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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    Volume (Year): 55 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 223-46

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:55:y:2002:i:2:p:223-46

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    11. Heike Holbig, 2006. "Ideological Reform and Political Legitimacy in China: Challenges in the Post-Jiang Era," GIGA Working Paper Series 18, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

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