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The Role and Evolution of Central Authorities

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  • Paul Frijters

    (Free University, Amsterdam)

  • Alexander F. Tieman

    (Free University, Amsterdam)

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In this paper we argue that authorities aid cooperation by means of direct coordination or the enforcement of pre-commitment devices such as contract laws.Credible threats of violence allow this role. In a local interaction model, an authority forms if mutually connected individuals with sufficient combined punishment potential have signalled their willingness to form such an authority, conditional upon the willigness of others to do so. Given a specific timing of decisions, we analyse the conditions under which authorities arise and under which they evolve into a stationary state with only one or several remaining authorities.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 9907005.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jul 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:9907005

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Keywords: Central Authorities; Cooperation; Evolution; Externalities; Local Interaction;

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