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Understanding the politics of Pericles around 450 BC : The benefits of an economic perspective

Lyttkens, Carl Hampus LU and Gerding, Henrik LU (2018) In Edinburgh Leventis Studies 9. p.269-292
Abstract
Pericles is usually viewed as a great statesman and clever leader of the Athenians. In the mid-fifth century BC, however, he seems to have been in serious political trouble and may well have been in danger of losing a political struggle against his opponent Kimon. The fact that his incentives changed considerably at this point in time seems to have escaped attention in the literature. In contrast, we see this fierce competition as a motivation for several important policy measures that Pericles introduced at this particular time: the pay to jurors, the new law on citizenship (which has been a puzzle to many historians), and the building projects on the Acropolis and elsewhere. An economic rational-actor approach thus provides a diachronic... (More)
Pericles is usually viewed as a great statesman and clever leader of the Athenians. In the mid-fifth century BC, however, he seems to have been in serious political trouble and may well have been in danger of losing a political struggle against his opponent Kimon. The fact that his incentives changed considerably at this point in time seems to have escaped attention in the literature. In contrast, we see this fierce competition as a motivation for several important policy measures that Pericles introduced at this particular time: the pay to jurors, the new law on citizenship (which has been a puzzle to many historians), and the building projects on the Acropolis and elsewhere. An economic rational-actor approach thus provides a diachronic analytical benefit by focusing on the way in which incentives change over time and a synchronic benefit by considering various decisions in a common framework. (Less)
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economics, ancient history, Athens, Pericles, law on citizenship, payment to jurors
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Ancient History and Contemporary Social Science
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Edinburgh Leventis Studies
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Canevaro, Mirko; Erskine, Andrew; Grey, Benjamin ; Ober, Josiah; ; ; and
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269 - 292
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  author       = {Lyttkens, Carl Hampus and Gerding, Henrik},
  booktitle    = {Edinburgh Leventis Studies},
  editor       = {Canevaro, Mirko and Erskine, Andrew and Grey, Benjamin  and Ober, Josiah},
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  keyword      = {economics,ancient history,Athens,Pericles,law on citizenship,payment to jurors},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {269--292},
  publisher    = {Edinburgh University Press},
  title        = {Understanding the politics of Pericles around 450 BC : The benefits of an economic perspective},
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  year         = {2018},
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