An Economic Model of Regime Change: Freedom as a Public Good
This paper analyzes regime change via a peaceful revolution. Under these circumstances, peaceful manifestations of unrest reach a point at which the prevailing political system collapses and is replaced by a system that provides more freedom. Such regime change occurred in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria. It is shown that the successful quest for freedom may be explained as a dynamic game. The game has a unique strong equilibrium--that is, a Nash equilibrium robust against mass defections--that arises in consequence of a trigger strategy that is similar to the tit-for-tat strategy in a repeated prisoners' dilemma. Copyright 1994 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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