Political Paradoxes, May 15, 2008. Today:. Evaluations Elections in Africa note Brief summary for last time Freakonomics chapter Democracy: Romania vs. Russia Discussion: polisci discipline. PR formulas. Two types of proportional electoral formulas:
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Political Paradoxes, May 15, 2008
CDR 39,672 (35.37%)
USD (PD + PSD) 16,680
UDMR 269 (0.23%)
(i) Lessening the power of parties?
(ii) Protecting minorities?
Not the strong economy
Not the increased use of capital punishment:
→ “life on death row safer than on the streets”
→ not much effect, even if there is one (!?)
Nottougher gun laws
Did have some effect:
However, this is not the whole story
Also Roe vs. Wade: changes in abortion policies/legislation
How does Levitt go about proving this claim?
(1) Communism is a bad idea
(2) Communism was a good idea, but it was badly implemented (in Ro.)
(3) Communism is good, and it was implemented well (in Ro.)
Inimical to democracy (?)
Violent vs. negotiated