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Decentralized coercion and self-restraint in provincial taxation: The Ottoman Empire, 15th-16th centuries

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  • Karaman, Kamil KIvanç

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For technological reasons the central administration of a state may want to entrust to provincial delegates the dual tasks of extracting provincial resources and converting them into coercive force. This article establishes that the coercive threat that the delegates pose may make the administration cap the amount they extract. The cap will cause the state not to internalize the marginal benefits of provincial economic development. It will also induce inefficient economic policies. The identified institutional setup is consistent with the political regime, economic policy, and legislation of the Ottoman Empire during its classical age.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 71 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 690-703

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:71:y:2009:i:3:p:690-703

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Keywords: Comparative institutional analysis Optimal taxation State Political power Redistributive conflict Coercion Delegation Ottoman Empire Islamic law Middle East;

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  1. Rubin, Jared, 2014. "Centralized institutions and cascades," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 340-357.
  2. K. Kivanç Karaman & Sevket Pamuk, 2011. "Different Paths to the Modern State in Europe: The interaction between domestic political economy and interstate competition," Europe in Question Discussion Paper Series of the London School of Economics (LEQs) 7, London School of Economics / European Institute.

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